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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  • August 3, 2017
    Finally they are renovating and restoring ... or almost! The walk around the perimeter of the Fort you willingly and gives you the possibility to admire it in its entirety. The surrounding park could be more cared even though we saw some men at work. Wonderful playground attached! We hope to see it soon also in.
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  • July 26, 2017
    It is absolutely recommended don't miss your chance to take its outer perimeter enjoying the panorama around and get to see the Museum inside when you finally will be completely open to the public after restoration work after the earthquake
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  • July 20, 2017
    A small green oasis in the heart of the city, lots of green clean enough with shaded benches and the Fort that puts you in a different era ... very impressive
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  • Unfortunately you can only admire from outside, making the rounds of the moat that surrounds it in full. a large crane and an open yard give the idea that jobs should last much longer. Sin in almost 10 years after the earthquake, might not be ready yet, because inside there is a Museum?
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  • Beautiful and imposing fortress built between the first and the second half of ' 500 under Spanish rule. Surrounded by a large park and located at the entrance of the historical centre, the Castle (also called "sixteenth-century castle") is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. To date, it is still possible to visit it because of restructuring after the earthquake. A flaw that endures long before 2009, its abandonment Chavs who walls surrounding soil and total immobility of those responsible in front of such behaviors. Some have been clumsily covered with white paint, but the result is not the best.
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  • In the Centre of L'aquila found Spanish fortress built with the stones of the houses of L'Aquila after the Suppression
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  • Is enormous, dramatic to imagine that the of the 16th century, it is still so perfect and impressive and with so much history, since it was used by the Spanish, French and ale, ames, in different periods (centuries)...
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