Castelfranco Veneto

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Castelfranco born in 1195 when the town of Treviso, recently formed, felt the need to build a fortress on the border with rival Padua and Vicenza, in an area where the river was the only Muson ephemeral natural demarcation. The site chosen was also in a strategic position: a pre-existing embankment on the east bank of the river, near the confluence of the streets and Aurelia Postojna and centrally located between the forts and stately Castle Godego Treville and bishops of Salvatronda, Riese and Resana.

Something quite special, the people of the castle had not been trained as soldiers, but by free citizens, which he established, could be exempt from all taxation (hence the name Castelfranco, ie "free"). However, the interiors were not organized in a typical urban layout: there was a real

square and the most important buildings were distributed along the main road or even backward, as the case of the church, the accounting office and the infirmary.

The castle was ruled by two consuls, hold office for six months. In addition to normal administrative duties were to manage the justice in the name of the mayor of Treviso. Each console must be accountable to partner and work against him if he broke the law.

The castle passed in 1246 to Ezzelino III da Romano, who fortified it further with two rounds and a tower on the south (Padova), returned to Treviso September 27, 1259, the day of death of the "Tyrant".

Castelfranco in 1329 went to Can Grande della Scala, lord of Verona.

Within these walls was born in 1478 the great painter Giorgione.

16 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    Handsome fortress...nicely photographed! Great information too.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    bella!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    Beautiful photo and a great sky!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    What a magnificent edifice, and how beautifully composed and photographed. The history is very interesting, especially the fact that the fort was manned by "citizen soldiers."

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    Un altro bellissimo scatto della nostra bellissima Italia!! Bravo Renato!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    What a magnificent place and shot! Thank you for the history lesson.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    A beautiful capture of an incredible site. The clouds are especially wonderful. Thank you for the informative narrative, too.

  • Vincent J. DeSanto

    Vincent J. DeSanto   said (14 Feb 2012):

    Paperini, very nice picture of such a beautiful castle. Nicely done.

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (15 Feb 2012):

    lovely

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Feb 2012):

    POVdacious!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (19 Feb 2012):

    Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful colors, composition, light, and narrative. Outstanding work in every way!

  • Francesca Roverano

    Francesca Roverano gave props (20 Feb 2012):

    Proprio bella, René. La luce e la prospettiva sono fantastici!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (24 Feb 2012):

    Excellent capture

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (17 Mar 2012):

    Bella prospettiva, mi piace. :-)

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer   gave props (10 Apr 2012):

    A very beautiful place and the comp is spot on

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Apr 2012):

    Rockin' JPG's Big C!

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