Monday, March 28, 2016

The Square Tower

Fortezza Vecchia, Old Fortress, Livorno
The oldest part of the “Fortezza Vecchia” is the “Torre Quadrata” (Square Tower), which once guarded the Pisan port, its lower part still visible now. The round tower known as “Mastio di Matilde” (Matilda's Keep) was built after 1241 or even later. Matilda of Tuscany died in 1115, so the attribution is obviously wrong. Since the second half of the 14th century the two towers were surrounded by by a wall called “Quadratura dei Pisani” (Pisans' Square Fort).
(Already posted on Instagram)
External links: Matilda of Tuscany (Wikipedia)
See also: Fortezza Vecchia - Piazza dei Grani - Scalo Regio - Porta del Duca - Cortile d'Arme - Capitana - Ampolletta - Molo del Soccorso - Canaviglia - Palazzo di Francesco - Mastio di Matilde - From the Top
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12 comments:

Dina said...

The different towers are impressive, and old! I love the perspective of this photo, so many things to see.

Revrunner said...

Doesn't take much imagination to go back in time here.

Gunn said...

I thought we had an old tower in town ( yesterdays posting), but now when I read this, ours is not that old anymore. I like the view, the roof tops and the warm colours in your photo.

cieldequimper said...

This is probably one of my favourite posts ever on LDP. The pic is great, the subject fantastic and the history interesting.
Hope you both had a nice Easter and thanks so much for all the comments while VDP was in Q!

Sharon Anck said...

There is a lot of history covered in this photo.

Tanya Breese said...

i love it...amazing to see something so old!

RedPat said...

So much history!

bill burke said...

great perspective, lots of history there in the image.

William Kendall said...

Impressive, and full of memory.

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful historical view !

Stefan Jansson said...

Good to see that some part of the old tower is still standing.

Arianna said...

Una veduta spettacolare! Ciao, Arianna