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The grandiose fortress built by the will of Paolo III Farnese in record time between 1540 and 1543, occupied the area of the heavily populated medieval quarter where the houses of the Bglioni family stood.
It was erected under the guidanceof the archirect Antonio da Sangallo il Gionave, through a system of spurs and casemats for its five levels with an additional smaller fortress downhill, called the Tenaglia.
The massive structure continued to be a symbol of dominance over the people of Perugia for more than three hundred years.
Immediately following the formation of the Kingdom of Italy the Perugians destroyed it to celebrate their liberation from the much hated Papal regime.
All that is left of the building is the retaining walls of one of the spurs, where in area a number of large roomsnow used for various purposes.
Address: Via Marzia
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