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 Alarçon Mendoza Castle’s Ruins by paolo1955

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15 Features

Featured in Artists Universe Group December – 23 – 2012

Challenge Winner in A Love of Boats Group – UNEXPECTED PLACES Challenge December – 09 – 2012

Featured in A Place To Call Home Group December – 03 – 2012

Featured in Ancient Relics Customs and Sites Group November – 29 – 2012

Featured in Your Country’s Best Group November – 25 – 2012

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Featured in Featured For A Challenge Group November – 19 – 2011

Featured in The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group March – 28 – 2011

Featured in The Other Side of Italy Group March – 28 – 2011

Featured in Post Cards-Destinations Group November – 13 – 2010

Featured in Image Writing Group November – 11 – 2010

Featured in All That’s Archaeology Group November – 08 – 2010

Featured in The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group October – 14 – 2010

Featured in Visions of Italy Group October – 17 – 2009

Featured in A View Somewhere Group October – 11 – 2009

Featured in Castle Magic Group July – 06 – 2009

Taken from the Album “Ruins and Restoration along Tyrrhenian Sea”

Nikon D100 Sigma 15/30

Fiumefreddo Bruzio

Fiumefreddo takes its name after Flumen frigidum, which means river with potable water, called also as frigidum (cold) due to its fresh waters that stream from the rocks a few kilometers away from the sea. The name Bruzio denotes a territory and it was added in 1860 in order to distinguish this village from other ones with the same name.

IX-X cen., The Saracens destroyed what was once probably a Roman colony (archaeological traces on Cutura hill) and had borders from its southern side with Byzantine lands. The village was built about year 1000.

1054, The Normans occupied the region and their leader Roberto il Guiscardo constructed a tower for defense in Fiumefreddo in virtue of its overhanging rocks.

1201, Simone de Mamistra, the governor of Calabria and baron in the Swabian period, transformed the Norman tower into a fortified castle and donated the Basilan monastery of Valle Cent’Acque to Gioacchino da Fiore, the monk and exegesist, founder of the florense order.

XIII-XV cen., The feudal property of Fiumefreddo passed from baron to baron, first under the Angioini and after the Aragonesi dominance.

1528, The emperor Charles V gave the property to Captain Pietro Gonzales de Mendoza, for victories accomplished in Calabria against French army. By marrying the only daughter of Fernando de Alarcon, one of the most famous Spanish generals during the wars in Italy, captain Mendoza was connected to a powerful noble house. The reconstruction of the castle and the consolidation of surrounding walls were his merit.

1638, a huge earthquake hit the village

1807, Bourbon garrison house established in the castle was forced to surrender to the Napoleon army. A year after, the last of the Alarcon y de Mendoza heirs, Beatrice, sold material values of Fiumefreddo, castle ruined by French artillery included.

Castle’s ruins, built on the upper parts of the village on the overhanging rocks of the narrow valley. Napoleon’s army in 1807 destroyed the castle because of the presence of Bourbon rebels. One of the halls is decorated by fresco of Salvatore Fiume, but very often weather-beaten.

Hi buddies.I’m Paolo from Italy,love to take photographs and experiment new techniques.When I play with my camera I’m like a kid in a candy shop

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  • loiteke
    loitekeover 5 years ago

    Wow my dear friend. This is great great photo

  • Dear Meeli,Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 5 years ago

    Great composition and well done!

  • I appreciate your comment and for you taking the time to stop by

    – paolo1955

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    Do you always have to be so perfect?? —Just kidding. Your work is so beautiful. This one is stunning. xo

  • Hi Lori,Thanks so very much, so happy you like this, comments like yours make it all worth while!

    – paolo1955

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 5 years ago


  • Thanks for your kind remarks in my photo.

    – paolo1955

  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309over 5 years ago

    This is wonderful. I love the boat. Kind of the new against the old. The story is great and thank you for it.

  • Thanks so very much, so happy you like this, comments like yours make it all worth while!

    – paolo1955

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A View somewhere ….”
    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.
    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.


    – paolo1955

  • Andrea Rapisarda
    Andrea Rapisardaabout 5 years ago


    – paolo1955

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Much appreciated, I am truly honored

    – paolo1955

  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 4 years ago

    Hei Paolo. This is very beautiful. Great job again. You are lucky, because so many gorgeous castles around in Italy.

  • Hi Meeli how nice to hear from you, thank you so very much for the nice comment

    – paolo1955

  • trobe
    trobeabout 4 years ago

    Well Done Paolo: this image chosen by our challenge winner, Peter Hammer for the new features

  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Much appreciated, I am truly honored.And a big thank you to Peter Hammer that have choose my work.

    – paolo1955

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