Antonio Lasciac

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Antonio Lasciac

Antonio Lasciac (Italian) or Anton Laščak (Slovene) (21 September 1856 – 26 December 1946) was an architect, engineer, poet and musician of Slovene descent, who designed the Khedive Palace in Istanbul and the Tahra Palace in Cairo.[1][2][3]


Lasciac was born to Peter Laščak and Jožefa (née Trampuš) in the Italian Gorizia suburb of San Rocco (Slovene: Podturn) in 1856. He was the first of ten children. Three of his siblings died in childhood.[citation needed] He immigrated to Gorizia and opened a business with Mihael Trampuš, another Slovene. He fell in love with Trampuš's daughter and took over his crafts workshop after the marriage. Her official Italian name is written as Gioseffa. Her father Mihael was born in Gorizia, to farmers from the surrounding Karst Plateau. Lasciac's wife Marija Alojzija Plesničar was Slovene and bore three children with unusual and fully Italian names: Plautilla Angelina Francesca, Fabbrizio Antonio Giuseppe and Romeo Italico Alessandro.[citation needed] Lasciac designed buildings in Gorizia and many Eastern capitals and cities, especially Egypt.[3] The Khedive Palace in Istanbul and the Tahra Palace in Cairo (1907) are among his most notable works.


Asteroid 292459 Antoniolasciac, discovered by astronomers at the Italian Farra d'Isonzo Observatory in 2006, was named in his memory.[2] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 14 November 2016 (M.P.C. 102259).[4]

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  1. ^ Kuzmin di, Diego (2015). "From Middle Europe To Egypt – Antonio Lasciac architect (1856-1946)" (PDF). New Ideas of New Century. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "292459 Antoniolasciac (2006 SO366)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b "From Gorizia To The Ottoman Empire – Architect Antonio Lasciac". Italy. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  4. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 12 September 2019.

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