Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fortress Town of Palmanova - ITALY - UNESCO TENTATIVE

Not far from Venice, near the border between Italy and Slovenia stands one of the most beautiful fortified village I've ever visited - the star-shaped fortress of Palmanova (check online the beauty of the construction in a aerial view). Its not a UNESCO WHS yet, but I do believe it will be soon (it deserves as much as the Vauban fortresses in France). In this card we can see the 'Duomo' (Cathedral) viewed from a window in the City Hall. Thank you very much Caterina, I love the vintage card you've chosen. This postcard took 4 days to arrive!

The fortress town of Palmanova, among the more important and better preserved examples of late Renaissance military architecture, was built by order of the Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia in 1593. A better understanding of the reasons that induced the Venetians to erect Palma and to choose the site can be obtained by going back to the policy and culture of the previous century, both in Friuli and in Venice, and by taking into account the situation in Europe in relation to aspects concerning diplomacy, military technique and strategy as well as philosophic culture and catholic doctrine after the Council of Trent.

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