Gender towers in Tuscany
Ancient noble families on one side – financially increasingly well-off bourgeois merchant and banker families on the other: In the 12th and 13th centuries, rivalries arose in Tuscany that became masonry landmarks in the cities.
Borrowed from the architecture of the keep of noble castles, so-called “family towers” grew into the sky for residential and defensive purposes in the mutual competition for social and political prestige in the cities. The higher, the more important the builders! Famous today is San Gimignano, in whose UNESCO World Heritage Old Town 13 towers have been preserved. There are other “Casa Torre” among others in Florence and Siena.
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