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Symbols of Spiritual and Worldly Might

Jörg Holtermann

Freiburg, Germany

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A look along the street (Via del Torrione) following the side of the cathedral San Rufino that finally ends on the powerful castle Rocca Maggiore throning above the town of Assisi.

San Rufino is a Romanesque church that was built around the year 1140 (the interior was refitted in the 16th century)

The Rocca Maggiore dates at least back to the year 1174, when it was first documented – but there was already a fortress here in pre-roman times when the Umbrians first settled here. Frederick II of Swabia stayed at the castle as a child. The Rocca Maggiore was rebuilt by Cardinal Albornoz during the second half of the fourteenth century (1360), including the construction of powerful buttresses, to give the Papal State a better military set-up. Further work was also done on the structure, such as fortification of the donjon at the end of the fourteenth century and, at a later date, restructuring of the twelve-sided tower (that can not be seen from this perspective – I’ll have it in other upcoming photos).

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Location: Assisi, Umbria, Italy

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Postwork: hdr (three bracketed RAWs), curves, contrast, some sharpening

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