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We preceded our walk passing the Gothic church of Saint Augustin (picture on the traffic tips with the scooters parking).
This church was the only big monument that was saved when the Venetian walls were constructed.
I will write a little more about it in the next tip.
At the right still La Rocca dominating the hill.
It looks over the Porta San Lorenzo, that I missed taking a picture of, and the Fara, the green fields down the hill.
Maybe it is because it is a bit more at a distance and less cared for. Yet I read that the view on the Valverde is magnificent. I put it on my list for next time!
The Porta San Lorenzo was built in 1627. Since 1907 this gate was also named Porta Garibaldi.
If you walk down to the gate you will notice a remembrance stone on which is written that Garibaldi and his Hunters from the Alps entered the city on 8th of June 1859.
The Fara needs some special attention too. It is said to be the oldest know inhabited area in Bergamo. Maybe already 1000 BC people discovered the advantages of this sunny and protected valley.
During the plague in 1630, it was used as a burial ground. Maybe burial is a bit too clean expression. There were special groups of people who needed to get the deceased out of their houses. They put the corpses on carriers and then headed towards the Porta Lorenzo.
Once arrived they stripped the dead and throw them in a kind of pit, a large hole.
Next time I go walk down there to try to find the memorial plate with the name of a man called Zeno. He is told to have done a great job during the plague. The disease was indiscriminate to all people of society and soon magistrates, secretaries and doctors were amongst the victims.
Often improvised undertakers, only in search to get hold on the value things they found on the bodies, were by stealing these things, passing on the disease and infecting others in this way.
Zeno got hold on them and had them punished, saving maybe many other lifes.
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