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Forte Sant'Andrea

forti e fortificazioni

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Fort S. Andrea, or Castelnuovo, was built during the first half of the XVIth century, incorporating the only part that remained of a previously fortified constructon, its old central stronghold, which characteries the fort today.
Fort S. Andrea was the work of the architect Michele Sanmicheli, form Verona, who designed a number of civil and military buildings throughout the Venetian Republic, which are still well-known today.
It stands on a sandy strech of land in front of the mouth of Lido harbour, the main entrance from the sea to the lagoon and to the city of Venice.
the siting of its cannons near the waterside made the intrusion of any enemy ships into the city almost impossible, and it was also reinforced by its close made link with Fort S. Nicolò overlooking it. the latter, was also built in the XVIth Century, on the previous site of Castelvecchio, a mediaeval building of which no trace remains.
Because of its important strategic position at the entrance to the lagoon, the fort was planned and constructed with a combination of tecnical-military features - which remained valid for more than three centuries - and impressive aesthetic features.

This latter aspect was related to questions of political order linked to the prestigious public image that the Venetian Republicwanted to promote of itself.

This led it construct the majastic portal at the front, ehich still appears impressive to present day visitors.

Kontakte

Adresse: Isola di Sant'Andrea, 30100, Venezia

AreaVenezia, Lido di Venezia

Informationen

Öffnungszeiten: For visiting booking required. For infomation please call the Certosa and S. Andrea Committee tel. +39.3683206846Owners: Military Authorities

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