The morphology of the Walls of Lucca

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The evolution of the city walls

How the walls of Lucca have changed from Roman times to today: discover the evolution of the city walls, the successive modifications of the ramparts and curtain walls, to the form we admire today. The graphic illustrations are by Leonardo Solari.

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Gates and sorties

Six gates are found along the circumference of the walls of Lucca. The three oldest built between 1566 and 1639, are the San Pietro, Santa Maria and San Donato gates which correspond to the openings in the old medieval walls; in 1811 the Elisa gate was built, there followed in 1911 the Vittorio Emanuele gate, and in 1931 the San Jacopo gate.

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san donato gate

the ramparts

The ramparts

The city wall of Lucca is distinguished by eleven ramparts that unwind in an irregular pattern along its route. They take a variety of forms: a platform, nose shape and trunnion shape. The spaces inside them, furnished with air shafts, functioned as military magazines.

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La passeggiata

Le mura sono lunghe circa 4,2 km. Lungo tutto lo sviluppo si può camminare tra filari di piante....

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the promenade

barracks along the walls

Le casermette

Le casermette facevano parte dell'organizzazione difensiva dei baluardi e serviano da magazzino per munizioni ed armi e da ricovero per i soldati.

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Le cortine e gli spalti

Le cortine presentano un rivestimento in mattoni detto camicia caratterizzato da un parapetto verticale e da una scarpa inclinata divisi da un cordone in pietra detto toro. Alcuni tratti in pietra sono di origine medioevale.

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the walls

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