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Montalcino Fortress

A significant example of military architecture in a pentagonal shape

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Montalcino

The Montalcino Fortresswas built in 1361 by Mino Foresi and Domenico di Feo, partly reusing the 13th-century foundations.

Around the middle of the 16th-century it became the last fortress of the Republic of Siena’s resistance against the Medici conquestand it’s this period that the external buttress dates to.

Some earlier structures were incorporated into the fortress, such as the tower of San Giovanni, an ancient basilica which became the castle’s chapel and the keep dedicated to Santo Martini.

Today, visitors can go into the internal courtyard, the terraces and the towers, from where they can enjoy a spectacular view.

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