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The Castle Of Torrechiara..“Outside Fortress, Inside Alcove”

Located in Langhirano – Parma – Italy

This is undoubtedly the most spectacular and well-planned castle as well as the one with the greatest number of visitors in the province of Parma, and also houses musical events in summer.This manor house is found at an altitude of 278 m. a.s.l. on a walled platform at the top of a terraced hill with cultivations to the left of the Parma river along the road to Langhirano.

Documents mentioning the fortification at Torrechiara date back to 1259 when the ‘Podestà’ of Parma ordered its demolition, and two years later forbade its reconstruction. The present castle was built in 1448-60 by Pier Maria Rossi with an extremely successful combination of defensive and residential elements which ensure that it has remained one of the most pleasant aesthetic expressions in the territory.

The plan is rectangular, with four towers contained in the nucleus and connected by crenellated Ghibelline walls (there is a double tower which stands taller than the others): the resulting rectangular courtyard (Court of Honour, 26.55 m in length) has an arcade running along one side with cross vaulting and brick columns (first order) and sandstone columns (second order), corresponding to those on the second floor.

Towards the end of the 16th century two loggias were built on the eastern side, creating a ‘belvedere’ which overlooks an open panorama and enriches the architecture with chiaroscuro effects.

In 1985 the Castle of Torrechiara was used as movie set of the film Ladyhawke by Richard Donner with Rutger Hauer – Matthew Broderick – Michelle Pfeiffer – John Wood

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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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  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309almost 6 years ago

    Paolo, this is so very beautiful. Maybe one day I’ll get to see all the wonderful places you photograph…

  • Hello Teri,Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • jon  daly
    jon dalyalmost 6 years ago

    looks woderful. presume you were on a hill?

  • Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.Yes I was on a hil

    – paolo1955

  • Pamela Hubbard
    Pamela Hubbardalmost 6 years ago

    Wow this is a fabulous shot! Yes, me too, I would love to go to Italy…. your image are are the next best thing!!!!

  • Thanks for your kind remarks in my photo

    – paolo1955

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful old world style and very well kept castle….lovely countryside!

  • Hi Bev.Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • RonnieGinnever
    RonnieGinneveralmost 6 years ago

    beautiful!

  • Thanks for your nice comment in my photo.

    – paolo1955

  • LouDuk
    LouDukalmost 6 years ago

    Nice

  • Thank you.

    – paolo1955

  • laminarwind
    laminarwindalmost 6 years ago

    Magnificent!

  • Thanks for visiting and adding your kind comment :)

    – paolo1955

  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot mate..Interesting info too..

  • Hi Jason,Thanks for visiting and adding your kind comment :)

    – paolo1955

  • Mark Grech
    Mark Grechalmost 6 years ago

    fabulous shot very well kept castle
    well done

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

    – paolo1955

  • Martin Dingli
    Martin Dinglialmost 6 years ago

    Magnificent! beautiful! and so inspiring

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

    – paolo1955


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