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Torre delle Milizie, Rome

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The Torre delle Milizie is a fortified tower in Rome, Italy, located between the Trajan's Market in the Imperial fora to the east and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum to the west.HistoryIt gained the popular nickname of "Nero's Tower" from a tradition that it originated as an ancient Roman construction from which Emperor Nero watched the Great Fire of Rome – this is derived from the classical account that he watched from a tower in the Gardens of Maecenas, though more trustworthy accounts place him out of town, at Antium at the time.The actual construction of the tower probably dates to the time of Pope Innocent III (1198–1216) under the Aretino family. At the end of the 13th century, the tower was a possession of the powerful Annibaldi family, who were followed by the Prefetti di Vico and by the Caetani, Pope Boniface VIII's family. Under the Caetani the fortified quarter was enlarged and strengthened, probably rivalling with Castel Sant'Angelo as Rome's main fortress.
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  • Torre delle Milizie was built at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries by the architect Marchionne Aretino for the Conti family... In the next eight-plus centuries of Roman history, part of this very history was connected with the tower, from the Italian campaign (1310) of the German Emperor Henry VII, the earthquake of 1348 and the monastery of Santa Caterina-a-Magnanapoli, of which the tower is a part has been since 1619... In 1911 Torre delle Milizie was declared the National Monument of Italy, and since 1927 the tower is part of the Trajan Market complex...
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  • It is a tower of Militzie which is built to touch the back side of the market of Trajan. It was built in the early 13th century, but it looks like a modern shape that doesn't seem to be the case. If you look a little far away, you can see that the top is crumbling, and you can imagine that it was originally a fairly high tower.
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  • In the early 1200s the family of the Conti di Segni (originally from the Eponymous Lazio town) was one of the richest and most powerful in Rome. One of his representatives, Lothario, who rose in those years to the papal sun under the name of Innocent III, is remembered as one of the most authoritative popes of the Middle Ages, able to impose his will in all European courts. To mark their possessions in the city and defend them from enemies, the Conti family built on the southern edge of the Quirinale a massive three-story square-based tower, about 50 meters high, from the top of which could be easily controlled whatever movement took place in the city. It is likely that a sturdy fortress was built around the tower at the time, but to this day there is no trace. At the end of the century the structure was acquired by the Caetans (another powerful patrician family originally from Gaeta, then represented in Rome by Pope Boniface VIII) under which it retained its military function. In 1350, following a violent earthquake, the third floor of the tower collapsed and was no longer rebuilt. For a few centuries the building, now almost useless in the face of the powerful firearms that were increasingly asserting, fell into decay. Around the middle of the 1600s the tower was integrated into the nearby convent of nuns of St. Catherine's Church. At the advent of the Kingdom of Italy, to highlight the original medieval structure (which was declared a national monument) the new city authorities demolished much of the religious complex that surrounded it, including convent. The Tower of Militias (whose current name derives from the original function of the building) has come to us in a relatively good state of preservation. The building, whose height has been reduced over time to just over 40 meters, is built of tuff: a volcanic rock very widespread in the capital as a building material. The exterior cladding is made of brick, with sparse marble inserts. Originally, even the first level had a marked battlement, now lost; it is still present, just below the upper margin, a kind of long brick window that allowed the observation outwards. The second floor, which highlights a conspicuous rib in a vertical direction, culminates with a large embattled terrace (not original, but the result of remakes of the last century). Only a few fragments remain of the third floor. The two small original entrances are still visible, rather raised from the ground level, which was accessed with special staircases. Sporadic slits on the sides of the structure, framed by marble slats, gave light to the interior. Currently the tower is part of the museum complex of the so-called "Trajan Markets", a complex of buildings with administrative and commercial functions, dating back to the 2nd century BC. For safety reasons the tower is not currently open to visitors; a pity, because the view of the Roman Forum from the terrace should be really beautiful! Finally, it is obviously false the belief that Emperor Nero, singing and playing the basket, enjoyed the spectacle of Rome on fire from the terrace of this tower, which was actually built more than a thousand years later.
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  • Fantastic tower. Very old I’d say.
  • Here in this place i did 7 page MUDA
  • Cool tower. I wish you could go inside!
  • Landmark tower domineering the streets (probably it did even more before Altar of patria was build), doors are accessible from mercato Traiano but it is not open for public..
  • Nice old still standing tower
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