The Castle of Brescia
Situated on the top of Cidneo hill, the Castle of Brescia is one of the largest and best preserved fortresses of Northern Italy. Its massive bastions, linked by imposing ramparts, date back to the mid 16th Century.From the same period, its monumental gateway is topped by the Lion of St. Mark, symbol of the Venetian Republic that dominated the city for several centuries. At the top of the hill is the Mastio built by the Visconti of Milan in the 14th Century on the remains of a large Roman temple. A typical example of late medieval military architecture, it dominates the whole city together with the nearby Mirabella Tower.
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