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Falconiera Tower of Poggio Rusco

  • Via Gorni Kramer, 25, 46025 Poggio Rusco MN, Italia
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Torre Falconiera or Colombara (Culumbèra) It probably functioned as a lookout post or as a refuge in dangerous conditions. The date of construction is unknown, although it is presumable that it dates back to 600. It was part of the “Corte Grande” del Poggio and it appears in the coat of arms of the Commune. Recently restored, it consists of three spacious rooms on three floors. The Po Valley was dotted with towers like this one. Palazzo Municipale, già Palazzo Gonzaga (Piazza I Maggio, 5) Built around the middle of the 15th century on a design by Luca Fancelli, it belonged to the Gonzaga nobles as Corte piccola del Poggio until the middle of the 19th century, when it became property of Senator Tullo Massarani, who sold it to the Municipality of Poggio Rusco in 1904. The following year the municipal offices were transferred there. The battlements, disappeared after 1945 under an unsightly layer of lime, reappeared after the restoration and cleaning of the facade carried out by the architect Spelta at the end of the 80s. The building has undergone some internal changes, but on the whole it has maintained its original structure: the entrance hall, the council chamber with the remains of restored frescoes, the staircase leading to the upper floor, partially frescoed, with a valuable coffered ceiling. The access to the Court was through a vault surmounted by a triangular pediment supported by two pilasters closed by an iron gate, demolished after 1945. The palace was delimited to the east by a tower similar to the present Falconiera Tower.

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