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?Some search revealed that as far back as the Roman time its summit was chosen for a temple to Jupiter, the Subduer of Enemies, and that with the next era it became the abode of a most Christian hermit, around whose cell the first cluster of houses grew up and who was in the end sanctified by canonization. But these verities, naked of details, though properly enriching its background, were too vague to satisfy the fancy, and it was not till the time of King Berengar that the halo of romance distinctly settled upon the head of San Leo.?
? from ?Wayfarers in Italy? 1901 by Katharine Hooker
The fortress of San Leo was one of the best known in the dukedom of Urbino. Initially, its fame was due to its role as a military bulwark, unconquerable less for its fortifications than for its extraordinary geographical position. Over the years much restoration work was needed because of the continuous landslides and the wish to keep it perfect working order.
The ?eternal object of contention? is how the fortress at San Leo was known by the families of Malatesta and Montefeltro, who fought over its position on their borders. The time of its first construction came during the Longobard age. The main parts of the fortress were built by the Malatestas, who restored and modified it. It was Francesco di Giorgio Martini who brought the most substantial changes to the fortress. This happened around the second half of the 1470s.
The fortress?s large, solid, round towers, with corbels and machicolations, exist together with the elbow-shaped walls.
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