Forte Spagnolo, L'Aquila

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The Forte Spagnolo is a Renaissance castle in L'Aquila, central Italy.HistoryIn the 15th century, L'Aquila had become the second most powerful city in the Kingdom of Naples after Naples itself: there were half a million sheep, wool and saffron were exported throughout Europe; all this was lost when the Aquilans, during the war between the French and the Spaniards for the throne of Naples, sided with the French. In 1504 Aquila was occupied by the Spanish conquerors, though in 1527 the French recovered the city with the support of the citizens and the surrounding town. One year later Viceroy Philibert of Orange, ruling for King Charles V of Spain, finally defeated the Aquilan rebels and ordered the city to build a fortress in the highest spot North of the city, exactly where in 1401 King Ladislaus had built a garrison to control the unruly and rebellious Aquilans.The project was entrusted to a Spanish architect, Pedro Luis Escrivà, an expert of firearms, who had begun to build Castel Sant'Elmo in Naples. The discovery of gunpowder obliged to new methods of defensive construction. Escrivà was in charge of the project for 2 years, leaving the task to Gian Girolamo Escribà.In the following 30 years the heavy taxes necessary to build the fortress impoverished the city, which in 1567 begged the Spaniards to stop the construction; the Royal Court granted the request, and works were interrupted, so parts of the castle were never completed. The fortress had cost an enormous sum for the times, and Aquila was obliged also to sell the thick silver case containing the body of St. Bernardino of Siena.
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  • Only those who have known the Eagle before and after the earthquake can make a judgment about the city and what is visiting. Mine is a maximum score for the beauty of the structure and the way we remember it and the rest
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  • The Fort is of the few things that if you can photograph, we have seen only from the outside, but very nice! In front there is a café and a very nice Park.
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  • The "Castle" of the Eagle is actually a fortress (Spanish) which wasn't residence of Squires, but used as a storehouse of raw materials and supplies and as a prison. Wide moat surrounding the fortress. Is in a leafy setting near the city centre, a must see
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  • we were able to see the great mammuthus skeleton too..and what a wonderful fortress! lets hope they finish the restoration works for that nice place and the city center soon ;) "travel abruzzo" advice me if there are any news about that!
  • Impressive fortress with a large park around. It is a pitty that he is in reconstruction and can not look from the inside.
  • The Spanish Fort or also known as the sixteenth-century castle, overlooking the city of L'Aquila, with its grandeur, built during the rule of the Spaniards in the region in 500, but never used militarily, there was the Government and the administrations, by the Spanish to the French, by the Bourbons and finally the Germans. Restored in 1951 and reopened to the public has become a museum. To date is still closed, the Interior is dominated by one of the many cranes that live in the city, notwithstanding the value of Museum and its ability to attract tourism hasn't a reopening date. Open only externally, unfortunately.
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  • Closed for renovation work post earthquake. Inside the skeleton of a mammout.
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  • One of the most beautiful structures of Spanish origin of the prettiest place to visit within the province of L'Aquila.
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