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Michela Fior

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Nuovi documenti sull’attività di Alessandro Angelo della Rocca capitano del Genio (1902-1904) per il Forte di Fuentes digital
formato: Articolo | ARTE LOMBARDA - 2009 - 3
Anno: 2009
The conception and realization, between 1603 and 1612, of the Fuentes Fort in Colico, at the northern border of Spanish Lombardy, have been the subject of several studies. Yet the history of the building – wanted by the Governor of Milan, Pedro Enriquez de Acevedo, in order to allow Castilian troops the transit towards the rebellious Flanders through Valtellina, then controlled by the Grisons – is still full of surprises. After the study on the building and the engineers responsible for the projects and the structural analysis of within the boundary wall, all possible new elements seemed exhausted. On the contrary, new findings allow us to broaden the research to the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries. The well-known documents preserved by the Archivio General de Simancas and the State Archives of Milan and Venice are now joined by those coming from the Kriegsarchiv in Vienna and the private archive of Mariavittoria Antico Gallina in Milan, which reveal proposals and interventions that modified the site up until World War I, thus demonstrating the persistent strategic relevance of the Pian di Spagna. Suggestions and operations by technicians working for the Austrian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy point continuously – as is evident – on that part of Lake Como, from the renovation of the 17th- Century Fuentes fort to the building of the 20th-Century Lusardi fort.
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