Torre San Nicolò - Florence, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 43° 45.864 E 011° 15.899
32T E 682311 N 4848199
Quick Description: The Torre San Nicolò (Tower of St. Nicolas), built in 1324, was once one of the doors to the ancient city of Florence.
Location: Toscana, Italy
Date Posted: 4/23/2015 4:17:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMNR7G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Torre San Nicolò

The door of St. Nicolas (Porta San Nicolò) forms one of the ancient entry points to Florence, when the city was protected from attacks by an imposing outer wall. As little remains of the city's historic walls today, these doors, standing alone, are referred to as towers (Torre).

Torre San Nicolò's name comes from the zone of Florence by the same name, where the tower is positioned. A distinguishing feature of the San Nicolò tower is that it is the only one not to have been lowered in height during the 1500s. Because of this it's the only door in Florence that can give you a real sense of what it must have been like to arrive at the gates of the city, as a visitor in medieval times.

Directly behind the tower of St. Nicolas you can find the ramp of Poggi, an architectural feature designed by Giuseppe Poggi, to allow people to arrive at Piazzale Michelangelo by foot. If you choose to look out across the Arno, you will be able to see another of the remaining towers, Porta Zecca.
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Date Built: 1324

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This category is focused only to original Gothic architecture, not to pseudo-Gothic, neo-Gothic or Gothic Revival. You can not find this kind of architecture outside of "Old World", moreover this architecture appeared in ca XIIth century (early Gothic) and the last buildings are from cca XVIth (late Gothic) century...

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