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Bergamo: Porta S. Giacomo

Posted by
L'explorateur (Vancouver, Canada) on 2 March 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Hello! Back to Aminus3 after a trip to Italy! A bit of the North and a bit of the South of my home country. :)

Bergamo. My home town. It's in the North, 50 km East of Milan.
This is Porta S. Giacomo, one of the four entries to Città Alta (upper town), a hilltop medieval town surrounded by massive defensive walls. Bergamo has been part of the Venetian Republic between 1428 and 1797 and represented its most western territory. With the discovery of the New World, Venice started losing his maritime control and aimed at improving the trade with mid-Europe states. In 1561 Venice decided to build this impressive walls to defend Bergamo from the Ducato di Milano and the French. The work was completed in 1588. The walls are up to 50 meters high.

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Eccomi di nuovo qui, dopo un viaggio in Italia. Sono stato un poco al Nord e un poco al Sud.

Bergamo. La mia città natale.
Questa è la Porta S. Giacomo, una delle quattro entrate di Città Alta, ovvero la parte fortificata della città. Le mura vennero costruite dalla Repubblica di Venezia tra il 1561 e il 1588, epoca in cui la città orobica rappresentava l'estremità occidentale dei domini veneti sulla terraferma. In alcuni punti le mura raggiungono i 50 metri di altezza. Con la recente scoperta delle Americhe, la Serenissima stava iniziando il suo inesorabile declino nel dominio dei commerci marittimi e, a causa di ciò, stava rivolgendo un interesse sempre maggiore ai commerci con il centro Europa. Il Ducato di Milano e i Francesi rappresentavano i principali nemici sul fronte Occidentale. Bergamo rimase sotto la dominazione di Venezia dal 1428 al 1797.

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Taken on Feb 22, 2011, in Bergamo, Italy.
Scattata il 22 Febbraio 2011, a Bergamo.

NIKON D90 1/160 second F/13.0 ISO 400 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

A lovely shot of a lovely place. great research as well, it adds to understanding what the shot is about

2 Mar 2011 7:45am

@CElliottUK: I do love Città Alta. And this is my favorite port of entry. :) And I didn't even know all these details about it! :)

tataray from france, France

magnifique angle de prise. ))

2 Mar 2011 10:08am

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

nice place ☺
enjoy your day simone

2 Mar 2011 10:35am

Franz from Baden, Austria

good to have you back again, simone, and with such a handsome image! though i spent only two days in bergamo (not even quite), i came to like the city very much, esp. the old town on the hill! so much atmosphere, so much to see - alas, it was in my "pre-digital" days, so no records remain! ;-(( looking forward to more from north and south, and hope you had a nice visit to the "old country"!

2 Mar 2011 2:41pm

@Franz: Thank you very much Franz! I am so happy that you visited Bergamo and you have such a good memory of that! :) It really makes me proud of my city!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

fabulous city...so underrated and this reminds me of a great walk around the walls.

2 Mar 2011 9:52pm

@Ted: Great Ted! Thanks! :D

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Me encanta la composición.Buen trabajo.

2 Mar 2011 10:08pm

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

merci pour ces détails :-) Impressionnante montée vers la cité

3 Mar 2011 6:42am

NIKON D90
1/160 second
F/13.0
ISO 400
27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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