Old City

The Old Star City Palmanova

Black & White Street Photography in the beautiful old city of Palmanova, Italy.

Palmanova (FriulianPalme) is a town and comune in northeastern Italy. The town is an example of star fort of the Late Renaissance, built up by the Venetian Republic in 1593.

UNESCO‘s World Heritage Site included the fortifications in it’s list. Palmanova is a concentric city with the form of a star, with three nine-sided ring roads intersecting in the main military radiating streets. It was built at the end of the 16th century by the Venetian Republic which was, at the time, a major center of trade. The whole city is actually considered to be a fort, or citadel, because the military architect Giulio Savorgnan designed it to be a Venetian military station on the eastern frontier as protection from the Ottoman Empire.

The circular shape of Palmanova was greatly influenced by the fact that it needed to be a fort. At the time of its construction, many other urban theoreticians found the checkerboard was more useful, but it could not provide the protection that military architects desired. The walls of a practical fort are run at angles so that enemy soldiers could not approach it easily because the angles made it possible to establish overlapping fields of fire.

Camera

Nikon F100

Film

Ilford FP4+

Location

Palmanova, Italy.
You can reach Palmanova from the nearby motorways, A23 (Udine-Tarvisio) and A4 (Turin-Trieste) and by railway between Udine and Cervignano. There are also bus connections.


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