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Torre dei Capocci, Rome

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The Torre dei Conti is a medieval fortified tower in Rome, Italy, located near the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The tower was one of the most impressive towers that dominated medieval Rome.It was built in 1238 by Richard Conti, brother of Pope Innocent III as a fortified residence for his family, the Conti di Segni, over one of the exedra of the portico of the four apses of the Imperial fora (The Temple of Peace) near the Forum of Nerva. The tower stood on the border of the territory of the rival family of the Frangipani. Currently standing at 29m, it was once 50–60 m tall, and gained the nickname of Torre Maggiore (Major Tower) for its size. Originally covered in travertine salvaged from the ruins of the Imperial Fora, this covering was in turn stripped for use in the construction of the Porta Pia in the 16th century, designed by Michelangelo.The upper floors were destroyed by a series of earthquakes culminating in the earthquake of 1348, after which it was abandoned until 1620, when it was rebuilt by the Papal Chamber. Other earthquakes in 1630 and 1644 caused damage which was repaired at the end of the 17th century by Pope Alexander VIII, who added two buttresses.
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  • Walking through Rome, we found ourselves completely randomly under this tower of which I knew nothing. Interesting precisely because it stands in this square. Interesting, I did not understand if it was possible to visit it inside.
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  • At night it is something indescribable, romantic and unique. Five windows on the side. Thirty-six meters high. Incomprehensible not being able to visit her. From the light of at least two windows appears inhabited.
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  • A 7-storey square tower, built in the 12th century by the Arcioni family. Only the height of 36 feet helps him stand out in ancient Rome.
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  • Wonderful monument of medieval fortification. Torre dei Capocci or the Tower of Capocci was built in XII century by the Arcioni noble family and later went to Capocci family from Viterbo. It provides you the notion about the life in XII century and rivalry between the noble families.
  • Kind of lonely tower that doesn't belong here.
  • Dope castle looking thing! Looks sturdy!
  • Nice big tower, if it wasn't in Rome it would been on the tourist maps for sure.
  • Awesome castle building.
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