Pavia, due passi in città


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Once known as the city of 100 towers, Pavia today has fine Romanesque and Medieval buildings, a castle, and a vibrant historic center.

Petrarca, whom Galeazzo the Second had entrusted with the task of collecting the Library of the Visconteo Castle, gives a similar description of Pavia in a letter to Boccaccio in 1365: “The position of the town is much more striking than other towns [...], Pavia emerges from the plain, just enough to dominate it and, stretching on a hillside, the town raises its numerous towers to the sky in such a free and panoramic view that I do not believe another lowland town has a more magnificent and wonderful sight”.

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  • Que preciosa ciudad, tiene fantásticos edificios y las torres de la Plaza de Leonardo da Vinci son impresionantes. Como siempre tu presentación es magnífica. Gracias, Pilar
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Pavia, due passi in città

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  2. 2. Once known as the cityof 100 towers, Paviatoday has fineRomanesque andMedieval buildings, acastle, and a vibranthistoric center
  3. 3. The medieval towers stillshape the town skyline.The main clusters stillrising are rallied in PiazzaLeonardo da Vinci, ViaLuigi Porta, and PiazzaCollegio Borromeo
  4. 4. Nobel families builtthe medieval towersto symbolize theirpower. Today onlya few towers remain
  5. 5. The most important ruinsare undoubtedly the threetowers in the Leonardo daVinci square, with theTorre del Maino measuring51 metres high
  6. 6. Historical masonry towers,in all their forms - belltowers, civic towers, tower-houses and the watchtowers of city walls arefound throughout the entireItalian peninsula, wherethey represent a distinctivefeature of many of itshistorical centers and, insome cases, itscountryside.In Roman and medievaltimes, some have hadgreat strategic and militaryimportance
  7. 7. Pavia is on thetrain line fromMilan to Genoa.There is busservice to LinateAirport and thenearby Certosadi Pavia as wellas cities andtowns inLombardy.The train andbus stations arein the west partof town andlinked to thehistoric centerby CorsoCavour.It is easy to walkin Paviascompact centerbut there is localbus service, too.
  8. 8. More than 100medieval towersonce enveloped theold town; the trio onPiazza di Leonardoda Vinci is all thatremains today
  9. 9. The great variety of usesreserved for masonry towershas translated into aconsiderable variety ofconstructive configurations.Their heights vary from the60-70 meters of the 11th-13thcentury towers built by thepowerful political associationswith defensive functions inmind (but also serving assymbols of the power andwealth of their aristocraticfamily owners) to the 20-30meters of the tower houses,which were widely popular(Binda, L., Anzani, A., Mirabella Roberti, G.,1997a. The failure of ancient towers:problems for their safety assessment)
  10. 10. Pavias food specialties arezuppa pavese and risottoalla certosina, created bythe monks of the Certosadi Pavia. In Pavia, as inmuch of Lombardy, you willfind many risotto (rice)dishes, beef, cheeses, andbaked goods. Frogs arealso common in Pavia,especially in the springwhen they are gatheredfrom the rice fields
  11. 11. Minerva, the Romangoddess of wisdom andsponsor of arts, trade, anddefense, was born from thegodhead of Jupiter withweapons. From the 2ndcentury BC onwards, theRomans equated her withthe Greek goddess Athena.She was the virgin goddessof music, poetry, medicine,wisdom, crafts, commerce,weaving, magic. Her statuein Pavia, near the trainstation, is considered as animportant landmark in thecity.
  12. 12. Statue of Minerva byFrancesco Messina
  13. 13. Madonna diPiazza Grande,requested by thepeople of Pavia,was put in placein 1604 in theheart of the cityon the outside ofthe town hallbuilding and wasregarded withspecial devotionby the localpeople and aboveall by merchantsand artisans
  14. 14. Made from rare, highly resistant materials (including sand fromthe river Ticino) the Madonna remained on the outside of theBroletto building for nearly three centuries, until 1872, at whichtime, in a climate of strong social conflict, it was taken to thecrypt of the nearby cathedral
  15. 15. In the 1980s a Pavia local,Professoressa Anna Maria DePaoli Garofoli, sparkedrenewed interest in the storyof the Madonna of PiazzaGrande by the press, theauthorities and the localpeople of Pavia, 7,800 ofwhom asked for it to bereturned to its originallocation.In 1992 the statue, perfectlyrestored by the spontaneouslyestablished Committee for theMadonna of Piazza Grande,was solemnly moved to thecathedral and shown to thecity
  16. 16. On the 21st of December2002 the Madonna wasreturned to the Broletto,giving back to the city a workof great beauty andextraordinary significance forthe people of Pavia
  17. 17. Borromeo College
  18. 18. Borromeo College was built bywill of St. Charles Borromeo,planned by architect PellegrinoPellegrini, named Tibaldi, andconstructed in the years 1564 -1586. Its mass can be welldistinguished by those whowatch Pavia from the otherbank of the river Ticino
  19. 19. Borromeo CollegeThe college selects studentsof the University of Paviathrough a rigorous publiccompetition based on teststaken annually.To retain their place at thecollege, students arerequired to have a universityaverage of at least 27/30,with no scores below 24, andto pass all the examsrequired by the formalclosing of the academicyear.The ability to speak at leasttwo foreign languages isrequired, demonstratedthrough specific,internationally-recognizedcertificates. Students mustalso attend additionalcourses required by IUSS or,alternatively, take at leasttwo internal courses peracademic year
  20. 20. Chiostro interno Borromeo College
  21. 21. In the square: Pius V statue cast in bronze in 1697 by Francesco Nuvoloniand Filippo Ferrari
  22. 22. Collegio Ghislieri
  23. 23. Ghislieri College, wanted by Pope Pius V Ghislieri, was planned byarchitect Pellegrino Pellegrini, named Tibaldi, and began in 1569. Theyard underwent remarkable modifications following the Late Baroquestyle by architect G.A. Veneroni in the 18th cent. The Neoclassic StyleAdministration Building was built by will of Napoleon to host a MilitarySchool.
  24. 24. Founded by PopePius V, Antonio(Michele) Ghislieriin 1567, GhislieriCollege, since18th centurylaically managed,nowadays underthe HighPatronage of thePresidency of theItalian Republic, itis ranked amonghigh qualifyinginstitutions by theItalian Ministry forEducation andUniversity.Among itsdistinguishedalumni are CarloGoldoni andseveral Italianstatesmen,scientists,scholars of thelast two centuries.
  25. 25. Monumento a papa Pio V, Antonio (Michele) Ghislieri, in piazza del Collegio
  26. 26. The church Santa Maria delCarmine is considered amongstthe best examples of LombardGothic architecture
  27. 27. Santa Maria del Carminewas begun in 1374 byGian Galeazzo Visconti,Duke of Milan, on a projectattributed to Bernardo daVenezia. The constructionfollowed a slow pace, andwas restarted in 1432,being finished in 1461
  28. 28. The bell tower, dating to c. 1450, has numerous friezes and a triple mullioned window with marble columnsThe bell tower of Santa Maria del Carmine was restored in the 1800s
  29. 29. Santa Maria delCarmine
  30. 30. Santa Maria del Carmine
  31. 31. Vincenzo FoppaMadonna con Bambino, angeli e il donatore Giovanni Battista Malletta, 1462University Art Museum, Princeton (from Santa Maria del Carmine)
  32. 32. Santa Maria del Carmine
  33. 33. Santa Maria del Carmine
  34. 34. Santa Maria del Carmine
  35. 35. Santa Maria del Carmine
  36. 36. Text: InternetPictures: Internet & Melinda HorvatCopyright: All the images belong to their authorsPresentation: Sanda Foi oreanuş Mauro Giuliani - Grand Duo Concertant for Guitar and Flute, Op.85