The twins of Porta Soprana

The towers of Porta dei Vacca, also called Porta Sottana, in contrast with those of Porta Soprana, were built during the work of fortification walls in the twelfth century. In that time Federico Barbarossa threatened the Republic of Genoa and the population had decided to defend the city by building very high and powerful walls. The name of Porta di Santa Fede came to the nearby church, deconsecrated in 1926 and now home to the municipal offices.

A postcard that shows Porta dei Vacca at the beginnings of 19th century

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