Monday, September 20, 2010

Ampolletta

Ampolletta, Fortezza Vecchia, LivornoThe “Ampolletta” (Small ampoule) bastion still looks relatively intact. Its name probably comes from the diminutive term for the hourglass keeping the time of the fortress.Ampolletta, Fortezza Vecchia, LivornoThis marble lion head is a replica of a bronze one where the galleys used to moor, the originals is now kept in the entrance hall of the Province of Livorno.Ampolletta, Fortezza Vecchia, LivornoA view of the the eastern side of the bastion, the “Porta del Duca” is on the right.coat of arms of Jean II Le Maingre, called BoucicautThe coat of arms of Jean II Le Maingre, called Boucicaut, Marshal of France, appointed Governor of Genoa by Charles VI in 1401.Ampolletta, Fortezza Vecchia, LivornoBetween the “Ampolletta” and the “Canaviglia” (in background) is visible a small jetty called “Molo del Soccorso” (Relief Pier).

See also: Fortezza Vecchia - Piazza dei Grani - Scalo Regio - Porta del Duca - Cortile d'Arme - Capitana - Molo del Soccorso - Canaviglia - Palazzo di Francesco - Mastio di Matilde - From the Top
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20 comments:

Farmchick said...

I like the lion head photo. Nice shots.

Luis Gomez said...

These are great!

Randy said...

Wow this place is amazing but I think I like the one from the other day more. I would still love to see them both.

Leif Hagen said...

Quite a magnificent fortress! Some great detail shots of it, too!

Dina said...

Ah, those were the days.

Kate said...

So ancient and so mysterious, and also so very well photographed.

Hilda said...

Lovely details you found in this historic fortress.

Small City Scenes said...

I find this very interesting. I cannot imagine it anywhere out here. Fascinating. MB

joo said...

Looks great, and of cours I love lion the most:)
Have a nice week!

Cezar and Léia said...

I would love to visit this Forty!These signs are beautiful, specially the marble lion!
Have a beautiful day
hugs
Léia

Birdman said...

It does have the hourglass shape to it, doesn't it.

B SQUARED said...

It looks remarkably well preserved given it's location. They sure knew how to build them.

JM said...

Wonderful structure! Glad it's more preserved than the Capitana, but I like them both.

Small City Scenes said...

BTW: Your mosaic is great---on any day, even saturday. . LOL MB

Halcyon said...

This fort is really spectacular.

You should show us the original brass lions sometime. I'd love to see them.

Per Stromsjo said...

Funny. My eyes and my brain won't agree on where the water surface is in the first photo (and whether parts of it is in fact a reflection).

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

These are wonderful. I like the lion best. I still think the water is at a different level than it really is and the bottom half of the bastion is a reflection.

Gunn said...

"If the walls could speak...... " was my first thought:)

Francisca said...

This place has seen some action. I like how the plants grow out of the walls.

Steffe said...

Nice little fortress.