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The Venetian walls

The Venetian walls

The Venetian walls offer access to the city through four gates. On the Porta di Sant’Agostino the lion of St. Mark can be seen (as on all the gates), as it was necessary to show foreign visitors that Venice ruled here in Bergamo. The western gate is that of Sant’Alessandro, thus named because the church of the same saint stood nearby. The smallest gate is Porta Garibaldi, originally known as Porta San Lorenzo and renamed when Garibaldi entered the city through it in 1859. It is the least striking of the four gates as historically it was used only by traders carrying goods from northern Europe and not by the important members of society who entered the city through the other three. Porta San Giacomo, on the other hand, built in the sixteenth century, is made of white marble and was the first gate that could be seen by those arriving from the flatlands. Today it can be admired from the lower town, especially from Porta Nuova.
Virtual Bergamo

Virtual Bergamo

A bird view to Bergamo and its land!
Civic Tower (Campanone - Big Bell) and Palazzo del Podestà

Civic Tower (Campanone - Big Bell) and Palazzo del Podestà

A symbol of the medieval city, the 52-metre high Civic Tower offers splendid views over Upper and Lower Bergamo. The Civic Tower bell sounds over 100 times at 10 pm every evening to signal the old curfew when the gates of the city were closed. Originally the residence of the Suardi-Colleoni families, the Palazzo del Podestà was the seat of the Podestà (Chief magistrate or Governor) from the 12th to the 15th century. Today it hosts the History Museum of Veneto Age.
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