The Medici Fortress

The Medici Fortress is an important example of military architecture defensive sixteenth. The Medici citadel is probably the area of the ancient medieval citadel, dating back perhaps to the ninth or tenth century. Among il1384 and 1398 the fortress was demolished by the French and rebuilt by the Florentines, who had become masters of the city. During the revolt of 1502 against the domination of Florence, Arezzo tried to break down the fortress. The Republic of Florence gave orders but to rebuild it according to the principles of modern fortification, entrusting the work to Giuliano and Antonio da Sangallo. This fortress was damaged, however, around 1530. The current fort is built, in part, respecting the original drawings of Giuliano and Antonio da Sangallo, between 1538 and 1560 by order of Cosimo I de ‘Medici. The work was directed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. The fortress remained in working order until the late eighteenth century. During 1800 it was partially dismantled by the French military. Wide, panoramic the view that embraces from the stands, dominating the city.

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The Medici Fortress
Colle di San Donato
Viale Buozzi, Arezzo