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The walls of Padua: photos, description (Cinta muraria di Padova)

The walls of Padua - the complex of fortifications, including a wall around the Italian city of Padua to protect from attacks. Built in 4 stages.

A wall was built here in Roman times, but it was only some fragments that later became part of several urban Palazzo. The Roman wall was correlated with the course of the Brenta river, along which developed the first urban center of Padua.

At the beginning of the 13th century began the construction of another wall, dubbed Moore's Duecentesche. She was restricted to two tributaries of the river Bacchiglione - Tronco Maestro and the Naviglio interno that have served as defensive moats. From the walls of the fragments around the Castello and near the North gate of Port Molyneux. In addition to the Port Molino also preserved gate of the Port Altinate. Top room Port Molino was used in the late 19th century as a reservoir for the city drinking water supply. Legends also say that here was situated the famous Observatory of Galileo Galilei during his life at Padua, but they are likely unfounded.

In the 14th century by order of the family of Carrara in Padua began the construction of the next segment of the fortress wall Mura Carraresi, from which, alas, almost nothing remained, as the wall was destroyed during the war, Cambrai.

Finally, in the first half of the 16th century the Venetian Republic began construction in the city of Moore Cinquecentesca, also known as Moore Veneziane. On the project wall worked the condottiere Bartolomeo d Alviano. With the Western flank wall was protected by a canal, fossa Bastioni, which still exists today. The entire wall has been preserved to our days almost intact, except for a few sections demolished in 1960-ies for the construction of the city hospital. Also preserved almost all of the gates of the 16th century, including the Port of Savonarola with the lion of St. Mark, the Porta San Giovanni, Porta Ognissanti with two sculptures of lions made of white stone and a clock Port Liviana and Porta Santa Croce.