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Ferrara, City of the Renaissance

Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: Ferrara is an outstanding planned Renaissance city. Among the great cities in Italy, Ferrara is the only city to have an original plan that is not derived from Roman layout. The most important surviving monument from the medieval period is the 12th century San Giorgo Cathedral, Ferrara Cathedral. The cathedral houses bronze statues and paintings, such as the 'Last Judgement' (1577-1581) by Bastianino Filippi, a Renaissance-Mannerist painter. The portal of the Cathedral of Ferrara was used for an overnight stay by pilgrims on their way to Rome. The medieval Estense Castle was the ducal residence of the d'Este family. The d'Este family played an important role in the history of Ferrara. During the centuries of Renaissance, the Este court attracted artists, like Bellini and Mantegna. The Diamond Palace or Palazzo dei Diamanti is named so because of the diamond shape in which the stones of the façade have been cut. The Jewish Synagogue dates from 1421 and is the only surviving synagogue in Ferrara. Ferrara is known as the City of the Renaissance, but Florence is considered as the birthplace of the Renaissance. Ferrara is located about 50 km northeast of Bologna. Some other Renaissance cities in Italy are Siena and Urbino. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.  

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Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Loggia and Garden of the Orange Trees of the Estense Castle, the ducal residence of the...

Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Loggia and Garden of the Orange Trees of the Estense Castle, the ducal residence of the d'Este family. The Estense Castle is an important landmark in Ferrara. The d'Este family played an important role in the history of Ferrara. During centuries of the Renaissance, the ducal court of Ferrara attracted some of greatest artists of the time, such as Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna.

  1. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Loggia and Garden of the Orange Trees of the Estense Castle, the ducal residence of the...

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Loggia and Garden of the Orange Trees of the Estense Castle, the ducal residence of the d'Este family. The Estense Castle is an important landmark in Ferrara. The d'Este family played an important role in the history of Ferrara. During centuries of the Renaissance, the ducal court of Ferrara attracted some of greatest artists of the time, such as Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna.

  2. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Lion's Tower is the watchtower of the Estense Castle. The Estense...

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Lion's Tower is the watchtower of the Estense Castle. The Estense Castle is an impressive building with four corner towers, among them the Marchesana Tower and the Lion's Tower. The rooms in the Lion's Tower were used as the headquarters for the soldiers of the d'Este family, the prisons were situated in the dungeons of the tower.

  3. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - Ferrara, City of the Renaissance: The ceiling frescoes in the Hall of Games of the Estense Castle. The barrel ceiling is divided in eleven...

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance: The ceiling frescoes in the Hall of Games of the Estense Castle. The barrel ceiling is divided in eleven panels, painted with frescoes representing sport activities, because Duke Alfonso II had a great passion for sports. The Hall of Games was used for games, concerts and other amusements. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta, gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

  4. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The City of Ferrara, seen from the Estense Castle. The construction of the Estense Castle...

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The City of Ferrara, seen from the Estense Castle. The construction of the Estense Castle started in 1385. The castle is surrounded by a moat, the castle has three entrance gates with drawbridges. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta, were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995.

  5. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - One of the four towers of the Estense Castle, the ducal residence of the d'Este family. The House of Este ruled the city of Ferrara...

    One of the four towers of the Estense Castle, the ducal residence of the d'Este family. The House of Este ruled the city of Ferrara for four centuries and was the bitter rival of the House of Medici in Florence. Among the great cities in Italy, Ferrara is the only one to have an original plan that is not derived from Roman layout. Ferrara is an outstanding planned Renaissance city. Ferrara, the City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta became a World heritage in 1995.

  6. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The present Ferrara Cathedral, the San Giorgio Cathedral, was built in the 12th century, when...

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The present Ferrara Cathedral, the San Giorgio Cathedral, was built in the 12th century, when the city was being extended towards the left bank of the River Po. Ferrara Cathedral is dedicated to St. George, San Giorgio, the patron saint of the city of Ferrara. The portal of Ferrara Cathedral was used for an overnight stay by pilgrims on the way to Rome.

  7. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Renaissance bell tower of Ferrara Cathedral is in white and pink marble. The Campanile...

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Renaissance bell tower of Ferrara Cathedral is in white and pink marble. The Campanile (bell tower) of Ferrara Cathedral was built in 1451-1493, but it was never completely finished. The cathedral is the most important surviving monument from the medieval period in Ferrara.

  8. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The interior of Ferrara Cathedral was remade in the Baroque style after a fire in the 18th...

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The interior of Ferrara Cathedral was remade in the Baroque style after a fire in the 18th century. Ferrara Cathedral houses several bronze statues and paintings like the Last Judgement (1577-1581) of the Renaissance-Mannerist painter Bastianino.

  9. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Jewish Synagogue is located in a historic Jewish community building. The Jewish Synagogue...

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Jewish Synagogue is located in a historic Jewish community building. The Jewish Synagogue dates from 1421 and is the only surviving synagogue in Ferrara. The other Jewish Synagogues were destroyed during WWII. There are memorial plaquettes at the entrance. The synagogue is a large room, the walls and ceilings were decorated in the Empire style in 1820.

  10. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Diamond Palace is named so because of the diamond shape in which the stones of the...

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta: The Diamond Palace is named so because of the diamond shape in which the stones of the façade have been cut. At sunset, the Diamond Palace glow red. Today, the Diamond Palace, the Palazzo dei Diamanti, in Ferrara houses the National Picture Gallery.

  11. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance - The Old town wall of Ferrara. Ferrara is located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. Ferrara was already an important trade...

    The Old town wall of Ferrara. Ferrara is located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. Ferrara was already an important trade centre in the Middle Ages. Under the d'Este family, it became an important Renaissance city. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.