sabato 4 gennaio 2014

Medieval Villages in Tuscany - Buonconvento

 

Medieval Villages in Tuscany - Buonconvento
Buonconvento is the typical model of walled land of the Sienese territory. A fortified village founded along the Via Francigena and in the moment of the maximum flourishing of the traffics (the 13th century) also placed near the confluence point of the Arbia in the Ombrone, A place that Siena considered strategic in the defensive system of the country land, so much that already in 1270 Buonconvento was seat of a Podestaria.
In 1366 the Sienese Republic decided to provide Buonconvento with a circle of walls that was completed in 1371. In 1480 the capital ground granted to the village inhabitants the priviledge of the Sienese citizenship.
Considered the placing of Buonconvento in a territory that has met an equilibrate economical development preserving a rural aspect not much different from the traditional one, the urban plan of the built-up area is almost intact.
The urban centre is still characterised by the rectangular plan given by the circle of walls still nowdays preserved in most part, except for the southern side in wich a part of the walls were pulled down. On the opposite, on the northern side, still opens the monumental Porta Sienese. This gateway, completely made in brickwork and still complete in the ancient wooden leaves, preserves its elegant, original structure with the bar arch surmonted by the lunette crouded by little arches. The whole urban plan developes on he north-south axe (the ancient Francigena Way), on wich overlook the 18th parish church of San Pietro e Paolo (founded in the 14th century) and the Palazzo Pretorio, adorned with the escutcheons of the Sienese Podestà and sided by a small tower that, in the structure, evidently recalls the shapes of the tower of the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. Near the building, siding the Palazzo Pretorio stands the XIX century Palazzo Ricci Socini, renewed with Liberty decorations at the beginning of the XX century.
 
 
 

Buonconvento - phot by Lungarno Special Weddings

Buonconvento - photo by Lungarno Special Weddings

Buonconvento - photo by Lungarno Special Weddings

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