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    The Big Face

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 6, 2015

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    If you look closely at my photos of statues and fountains in Brescia, you will see many have no noses. This is explained next to the statue of the Big Face in Brescia. At a time when the states that now make up Italy were always fueding, Brescia sided with the pope and against the emperor. Sadly the emperor conquered the city and he was so angry with the people of Brescia he threatened to cut off their noses. He was later persuaded to alter his threat to cut the noses off all their statues which he did. Big Face was one of many statues deformed in this event.

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    The Torre Pallata

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 5, 2015

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    We had a wander through Brescia's old town and found some lovely attractions such as the Tower of Pallata. This was built in 1254 as part of the city walls. Pallata means fence. A clock was added to the tower in 1461.

    At the bottom of the tower is the lovely Fountain of Pallata which dates from 1597. The statues on the fountain represent the gods of the two main rivers of Brescia: the Mella and the Garza.

    The Pallata Tower The Pallata Fountain The Pallata Fountain.
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    Roman Remains - The Temple

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 5, 2015

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    If you walk through the broletto from Paolo VI Square and follow the signs, you will end up at the Capitolino Temple. This restored Roman temple was built in 73 AD. It towers over the remains of the ancient Roman forum. The Capitolino Temple was the heart of Roman Brixia. It was built by the Emperor Vespasian.

    The Capitolino Temple. The Capitolino Temple. The Capitolino Temple. Nativity Scene at the Capitolino Temple.
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    Ancient Roman Theatre

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 5, 2015

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    Not far from the temple lie the remains of an Ancient Roman theatre. This was built in the 1st Century AD. It could hold up to 15,000 spectators. This theatre, like most Ancient Greek theatres lies on the sloping hill.

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    Brescia Castle and its views.

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 4, 2015

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    Brescia Castle is also known as the falcon of Italy, presumably because of its high vantage point over the town. Construction of the castle began in the thirteenth century and continued until the sixteenth century.

    Views from the castle. Views from the castle. Views from the castle. Views from the castle. Views from the castle.

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    Brescia Castle

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 4, 2015

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    Brescia Castle is an attractive building located on Cidneo Hill. We walked up here by following the signs from Paolo VI Square. It is an easy uphill walk.

    The castle houses two museums though we did not visit these.

    There are wonderful views over Brescia from the castle.

    The castle is free entry. You only pay if you go to the museums.

    There were some interesting statues in the castle grounds, including the statues of two lions.

    The castle grounds also housed an old steam locomotive engine.

    Brescia Castle Lion over the entry gate. Main entrance way. Train engine on castle grounds. Brescia Castle.
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    Piazza della Loggia

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 4, 2015

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    The Piazza della Loggia is a beautiful square interconnected with the Piazza Vittoria.

    Here you can see the Renaissance Palace of the Loggia. This building is now the town hall. It dates back to 1492.

    On the south side of the square stands the Monti di Pietà which has fragments of ancient masonry embedded in its wall.

    The east side of the square contains a building dominated by the sixteenth century mechanical Clock Tower. This is modelled on the clock tower in Venice. The tower also has an astrological clock. There are several statues around the square.

    This square was the site of a dreadful terrorist explosion on the 28th of May 1974. Eight people were killed and more than a hundred were injured here during an anti-fascist ralley. The bomb which caused all the damage was concealed in a rubbish bin.

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    The New Cathedral.

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 4, 2015

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    One of the best things about the new cathedral was it was lovely and warm inside. I say that because Italy was freezing when we visited and getting in somewhere warm from time to time helped us to keep going.

    Another thing I really liked was the cathedral's nativity scene, especially the camels peeping out from under the table.

    The new cathedral was built on the site of an earlier cathedral - the Cathedral of San Pietro. Construction of the cathedral began in the first half of the seventeenth century. The cathedral was designed by the Brescian architect Gian Battista Lantana.

    Nativity Scene. And those camels. Monument to the pope. Dome of the cathedral. Old and new cathedrals.
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    The Rotunda

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 4, 2015

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    The Old Cathedral of Brescia is also known as the Rotunda, because of its round shape. Near the entrance there is a sarcophagus containing the body of Bishop Berardo Maggi, who died in 1308. Inside the cathedral you can find the Holy Crosses Chapel and the Holy Sacrament Chapel. There are also stairs down to a crypt.

    During our visit there was an exhibition of nativity scenes from around the world. This exhibition was very popular and crowded. The church and exhibition were free entry.

    Inside the Rotunda Image of a Saint Nativity Scene. Nativity Scene. Nativity Scene.
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    The Broletto

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 4, 2015

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    The Broletto was built in the thirteenth century. It has been the headquarters of the municipal authority in Brescia since the Middle Ages. The broletto has a tall tower - the tower of Pegol - whose bells were once used used to summon the citizens of Brescia.

    I especially loved the faces carved above the central courtyard. Some were quite comical.

    Faces of the Broletto. Faces of the Broletto. Faces of the Broletto. The Tower. Faces of the Broletto.
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    Piazza Paolo VI

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 4, 2015

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    Piazza Paolo VI used to be called Piazza del Duomo because it houses both of Brescia's cathedrals: the old and the new. However, it was re-named in honour of the the Brescian pope Giovanni Battista Montini or Pope Paul the Sixth who lived from 1897 to 1978 and held the office of pope from 1963 until his death.

    On one side of the square stands the lovely Broletto - home to the Provincial Council, the Prefecture and the local Registrar's office. Next to that is the magnificent new cathedral with its huge green dome. Next to that stands the picturesque Rotonda or old cathedral.

    There are two fountains in the square. One depicts the goddess Minerva and is called Brescia Armed.

    The New Cathedral and Broletto. The Old Cathedral or Rotunda. One of the fountains. And again. The other fountain.
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    Piazza della Vittoria

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 4, 2015

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    Piazza della Vittoria was designed by the Roman architect Marcello Piacentini. The square is home to the Post Office building and the Torrione or high tower. It is a very modern looking square. The facades of some of the buildings are decorated with marble.

    On one side of the square is a red stone pulpit covered with carvings. It is used by public speakers to address the assembled crowds.

    When we visited, there was a very popular ice-skating rink in the square.This square overlooks some attractive churches. It is interconnected with the Piazza della Loggia and the Piazza Paolo VI.

    Ice-skating on the square. The post office. The High Tower Carving on the pulpit.
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    Piazza del Mercato

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 4, 2015

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    Piazza del Mercato means Market Square. It was the first square we got to when we walked into town from the railway station. This square has been home to Brescia's market since 1428.

    On the west side of the square stands Palazzo Martinengo Palatino. This former palace is now part of Brescia University.The square also houses the little church of Santa Maria del Lino. In the middle of the square there is a fountain of a boy with a dolphin.

    There was a merry-go -round in the square when we visited.

    Boy with horn of plenty and a dolphin. The University Building. Church and Merry-go-round.
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    Teatro Romano

    by Gillybob Written Jul 16, 2012

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    Built during the Flavian period and remodelled during the 3rd century, it is believed to have been damanged by fire in the 4th century. Part of the building is believed to have collapsed as a result of an earthquake in the 5th century, completely destroying the stage and one wall.

    Despite this, the building continued to be used until 1173.

    The building was unearthed in the 19th century at the same time at the Capitolium during some demolition work in the area.

    Teatro Romano The levels of the teatro Teatro interior
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    Chiesa di San Zeno al Foro

    by Gillybob Updated Jul 16, 2012

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    Original construction on this building commenced around the 12th century on the site dedicated to San Zeno, 8th Bishop of Verona during the second half of the 4th century. San Zeno was known for his evangelistic work as well as being protector of freshwater fishing.

    During the Baroque period, the church underwent a major makeover at the request of the young Pietro Giovanni Dolfin, priest of the time.

    This church contains many valuable pieces of art, mainly from the 18th century.

    Entrance of church Nave and Altar Altar Artwork
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