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panoramica sul Castello Estense a Ferrara

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Il Castello Estense, o Castello di San Michele, sorse nel 1385 come strumento di controllo politico e militare. La prima pietra fu posata simbolicamente il 29 settembre, giorno di San Michele, protettore di porte e rocche urbiche.

L’opera fu commissionata all’architetto Bartolino da Novara, già artefice del castello di Pavia e poi di quello di Mantova, dal marchese Niccolò II d'Este che ritenne indispensabile dotarsi di una potente macchina repressiva dopo un’imponente rivolta popolare scatenatasi nel maggio di quello stesso anno. Alla notizia di un ennesimo aumento delle tasse, i ferraresi insorsero e chiesero a gran voce la consegna di Tommaso da Tortona, consigliere del Marchese e responsabile della riscossione delle gabelle. Tommaso, dopo aver debitamente ricevuto i Sacramenti, fu consegnato dal marchese alla folla inferocita, che lo fece letteralmente a pezzi.

Il Castello sorse intorno alla Torre dei Leoni, un'antica torre di avvistamento già esistente nel XIII secolo ed inserita lungo la cinta muraria che allora delimitava la città verso nord. Bartolino da Novara chiuse il quadrilatero facendo edificare altre tre torri: Marchesana a sud-est, di S. Paolo a sud-ovest e di S. Caterina a nord-ovest. La struttura ebbe quindi in origine la funzione di fortezza difensiva: di quel periodo sono le torri e i ponti levatoi ma nel tempo il suo carattere di reggia dinastica mise in ombra quello militare.

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A: Ponte levatoio al Castello di Ferrara

by Andrea Biffi, 50 meters away

Il Castello Estense, o Castello di San Michele, sorse nel 1385 come strumento di controllo politico e...

Ponte levatoio al Castello di Ferrara

B: Ferrara - Castello Estense

by Giovanni Saini, 50 meters away

 Il Castello Estense sorse nel 1385 come strumento di controllo politico e militare. La prima pietra ...

Ferrara - Castello Estense

C: Estense Castle external

by Cristian Marchi, 60 meters away

The castle Estense (known also as castle of San Michele), is a medieval structure with a moat and is ...

Estense Castle external

D: Corte del Castello Estense

by Andrea Biffi, 70 meters away

Il Castello Estense, o Castello di San Michele, sorse nel 1385 come strumento di controllo politico e...

Corte del Castello Estense

E: Ferrara Castle Estense Courtyard

by Cristian Marchi, 80 meters away

The central courtyard of the Estense medieval castle (known also as castle San Michele) in Ferrara (I...

Ferrara Castle Estense Courtyard

F: Corte del Castello Estense

by Andrea Biffi, 100 meters away

Il Castello Estense, o Castello di San Michele, sorse nel 1385 come strumento di controllo politico e...

Corte del Castello Estense

G: St. George's Cathedral - External view

by Francesco Favalesi, 280 meters away

St. George's Cathedral - External view

H: Ferrara - Piazza della Cattedrale

by Giovanni Saini, 280 meters away

Ferrara - Piazza della Cattedrale

I: Ferrara - Trento and Trieste square

by Francesco Favalesi, 370 meters away

Ferrara - Trento and Trieste square

J: Ferrara - Il ghetto

by Giovanni Saini, 580 meters away

Ferrara - Il ghetto

This panorama was taken in http://www.360cities.net/area/emilia-romagna, Italy

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The name "Italy" is shrouded in mystery; some etymologists trace it to a Greek word meaning "the land of young cattle."

Italy was fond of Jupiter and Mars from the very start, Jupiter for fatherly good luck and Mars for war!

But it all began with Rome. Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus who were sons of Rhea and Mars.

The twins were abandoned at birth out of a fear that they would grow up and later overthrow Amelius, usurper of their grandfather's rightful throne.

Wrongful mis-doings most foul! Treachery and sabotage!! HOW would these two blessed infants make their way in such a world?

As it turns out, the twins didn't have to make their way very far, because one of them killed the other one and then they weren't twins anymore. But that happens later.

First they got rescued by a she-wolf who suckled them with her milk and raised them as her own until they were discovered by the shepherd Faustulus.

Faustulus fed them meat and bread and also raised them as his own until they were old enough to return to Amelius and hack him up as planned. They reinstated the grandfather Numitor to his rightful throne and went off to celebrate by starting a town of their own.

They chose a hilly area where the mama wolf had saved them from certain death in the barren wilderness and began scouting locations.

Romulus liked one hill. Remus liked another. The circle of crows like Romulus' hill, so Romulus killed Remus and named the town after himself. Thus Rome was born and Italy with it.

Text by Steve Smith.

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