Monday, September 13, 2010

Porta del Duca

Porta del Duca, Fortezza VecchiaThe main gate of the fortress, with a massive arch in stone of Vada, is adjacent to the “Ampolletta” bastion, which offers better cover and protection.Porta del Duca, Fortezza VecchiaOnce called “Porta del Duca” (Duke's Gate), a marble coat of arms still stands above the arch.Porta del Duca, Fortezza VecchiaBarely legible now on the plaque below: “Sotto una Fede et Legge un Signor solo” (Under one Faith and Law, one Lord) the motto of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.Porta del Duca, Fortezza VecchiaBeyond the gate we can already see the courtyard of the guards.

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

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This looks like a fascinating place to explore.

Farmchick said...

I would love to be there. It looks very intriguing.

ρομπερτ said...

Beautiful a place. Love the colour, dearly missed over here. Please have a good new week.

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Luis Gomez said...

Great place VP. I like your takes.

Randy said...

So much history. You very lucky to get to capture it. Wonderful post.

Hilda said...

Such a poignant beauty in these old, half-ruined stones.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

We don't have buildings old like this, I really love seeing them. Thank you for sharing.

Francisca said...

There is so much of interest here: the nooks and crannies, the contrast of the white stone with red brick, the lovely marble coat of arms, the plants growing out from the crumbling bricks, the promise of beyond the gate... Nice series, VP. Looks like you took this late in an afternoon; the arm sun glows beyond the gate.

Dina said...

Cool! Looks like a great place to explore.

Small City Scenes said...

Oh I would love to browse around this place. I like the arches and the quaintness of the the whole place. MB

cieldequimper said...

Are there any plans for opening it up again? I love the light in the last photo but I want to go inside.

joo said...

Beautiful place and beautiful photos!
Have a nice week:)

Cezar and Léia said...

So many history in this beautiful place!I like a lot the last shot composition, very well done!
Hugs and a great week
Léia

brattcat said...

You've clearly been inspired by this new place for your walking tours.

Rob and Mandy said...

After the King's Landing, the Duke's Gate. Logical, my dear Captain. Such a shame it seems to be so derelict. Has it's charm as well, e vero.

Elettra said...

Foto magnifiche ,mi piace quando respiro storia!!!!!!!

Halcyon said...

So much nice old stuff. Even with the weeds, etc. it still looks cool!

JM said...

All images are fantastic but I'm especially fond of the top one. It's beautiful!

Birdman said...

LOVE that image of sunlight beyond the gate.

Gunn said...

A very beautiful place!:)