Soncino Castle

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The “Rocca” (strength in Italian) was built in the fifteenth century (between 1473 and 1475) commissioned by duca Galeazzo Maria Sforza. The final design is due to the military architect Bartolomeo Gadio Cremonese, mentre work were later followed by soncineses armories, reaching the final aspect that included nine towers along a mile of wall. The Sforza propietdad maintained until 1499 when it passed to the Venetians in 1522 suffered the siege of Lautrec, Marshal of France, which was to end up.After serving as a refuge for Francesco II Sforza, became the French and Spanish, losing its original function until the Milanese family of Stampa, that the marquis had r c ba Soncino a fief of Charles V, the destination residence. The last siege was in 1705 by Eugene of Savoy, mentre propritario the last in 1876, Marquis M. Cesare Stampa, donated to the Comune, who entrusted the restoration by architect Luca Beltrami. Entering from the west gate of the wall, after having passed the gulf, stands the fortress, built entirely in brick, consisting of two separate enclosures and pit quadrilateral with four towers, angular, reminiscent of the massive battlements. The particular and complex architectural design of the castle / fortress do consider one of the most interesting buildings of Lombardy. On several occasions the castle was used to film stage among which was the best known internationally Ladyhawke in 1985, although it is also important to mention “The profession of arms” by Ermanno Olmi best known for his much-awarded film “The Tree the Swedes’ and commented on one of my first post. Poster del film Ladyhawke

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