St. Leo stands on the highest point of a rock overlooking the valley of Marecchia, surrounded by a series of steep vertical walls uninhabitable by any lato.è certainly been one of the most impregnable fortresses of all time.
The place was already fortified in Roman times, since the Middle Ages, was bitterly fought over by the Byzantines, Goths, Franks and Longobardila area surrounding the fortress was used for the purpose and strategic defensive, but the current system and the appearance of the site are traced back to the second half of the fifteenth century, a period in which Federico da Montefeltro put in place various works with the supervision of the architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini.
Here he met his death after long years of imprisonment the famous adventurer Giuseppe Balsamo, better known as Count Cagliostro, you can still visit his cell.
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ikeharel (58275) 2014-04-26 4:18
People on the balcony gave perfect scale to understand the size of this mighty fort, Silvio.
Impressive masons work from several centuries back in time, with no modern technology to assist.
Fine photo with the steep cliff under good light, details shown beautifully.
Sergiom (61242) 2014-04-26 4:59
Le propriétaire s'est bâti un château pour bien résister aux assauts de ses ennemis. Vraiment difficile à attaquer sur son pic rocheux.Quel beau point de vue pour le mettre en valeur.
omid266 (5336) 2014-04-26 5:13
Salam , Ciao Silvio,
very very beautiful work, all the Best and Thanks,
Saluti e Dio sia con Te
carlo62 (33861) 2014-04-26 5:23
vedo che ti sei fatto una bella gita fuori porta ieri.
Magnifica questa rocca, la conosco bene anche se non ci sono mai stato, avevo programmato una gita qualche tempo fa, ma alla fine c'è stata solo mia figlia.
Splendido pov, la foto rende bene l'imponenza di queste mura.
daddo (24420) 2014-04-26 5:52
Ciao Silvio. E 'difficile da visualizzare e immaginare come i lavoratori avevano ottenuto le pietre lì e poi avevano costruito questo nido d'aquila così in alto. Tale struttura solida sembra abbastanza fragile equilibrata sul quello che tu chiami una roccia. Incredibile ed un omaggio alla visione dell'architetto e il duro lavoro degli operai. Ciao. Klaudio.
samson (1355) 2014-04-26 6:14
Rock solid fort on solid ground. Lock the doors and the in laws would not come near.
A beautiful place when looked from far.
marabu61 (8593) 2014-04-26 7:01
Amazing and impressive fortified castle at the edge of those sheer rock walls. I can only imagine the hardship of the stonemasons in the middle ages to build this without the help of modern machinery. But of corse it is the perfect stronghold and easy to defend.
have a great weekend
photoray (12523) 2014-04-26 7:19
Very impressive gothic architecture, strong massive walls for defense and obviously in excellent condition, and enhanced by the steep mountain top position.
holmertz (41819) 2014-04-26 8:10
The old fortress seems to have grown straight from the rock. It looks really impenetrable and impossible to reach by enemies. I wonder how they managed to build anything as big and strong in a place like this. This is a superb photo from a perfect POV and with very good colours and sharpness.
Fis2 (86357) 2014-04-26 9:19
Beautiful place, beautiful building.
Good frame, colors and light.
I like it.
Noel_Byrne (24856) 2014-04-26 10:22
What a place! It must be something else to see a place like this in person, but you did us all a favour in capturing this beautiful shot. Impressively positioned in the scene to give a perfect sense of the height here, the rocks lead from the bottom to its base, and it's highest point breaks the horizon perfectly. The light across the whole scene is perfect too, and excellent textures in this old brick walls.
Thanks as always for sharing
Corry (4508) 2014-04-26 12:26
Il aurait fallu être téméraire pour oser attaquer cette imposante forteresse sur son pic rocheux. Le point de vue est bien choisi pour nous permettre d'apprécier son environnement. Bien fait.
siudzi (33973) 2014-04-26 13:00
A location for this impressive castle was selected simply perfectly. It looks original and very unique being observed from your POV. Great capture taken with superb sharpness and light management. TFS!
ourania (32169) 2014-04-26 13:46
la tua presentazione e' bellissima, il punto di ripresa ti ha dato l' occasione di fare una descrizione gratificante e precisa, favorita anche da una luce chiara e deliziosa. Mi piace molto la nitidezza del castello e della roccia contro uno sfondo vasto e morbido. Molto piacevoli anche i colori naturali. Un posto intrigatissimo. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona notte,
eldancer1 (28557) 2014-04-26 14:13
I don't think the enemy will ever get inside this well constructed fortress without invitation. Awesome capture with great pov and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
pierrefonds (57563) 2014-04-26 17:56
The rock is helping to frame the scene. The pointof view os showing the details and the colors of the architecture of the fortified town. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
Nicou (123350) 2014-04-26 19:46
quelle vue de ce rocher sueprbe et ce château dominant toute la vallée quelle image et cmpo quelle position d'observation sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
rychem (24072) 2014-04-26 21:00
This photo is fantastic, impressive fortress on an imposing rock, perfectly well done
elenimavrandoni (14259) 2014-04-26 21:35
Silvio, come Meteora nella mia Grecia!!
super impressionante e fantastica!!
complimenti tanti, mi piace molto!!
fabbs99 (16495) 2014-04-26 22:49
Hello Silvio ,
Fabulous shot of the historical Fortress.Truly exclusive.Excellent pov and sharpness. Very well done ,TFS.
jjcordier (76860) 2014-04-26 23:26
Cette forteresse possède une position privilégiée et spectaculaire. Tu nous en offres une bonne image.
jurek1951 (42160) 2014-04-26 23:49
a spectacular photo with attractive composition and superb details, great perspective,
delpeoples (53167) 2014-04-27 1:24
Sei stato nel paese di Ale e Cinzia. Bellissima questa chiesa, e questo close up. I dettagli sono ben resi, stupendi colori e nitidezza.
imageme (1767) 2014-04-27 7:05
Hi Silvio, Perfect place for defence and whoever built this old fortress are geniuses. The steep slopes of these cliffs and rocks are keeping enemies away from reaching to the fortress. Excellent POV with great light. The hazy BG gives sense of depth. Thank for sharing
mesutilgim (85500) 2014-04-27 9:00
Hello dear Silvio,
Beautiful capture of this fortitified buildings atop the rocks.
It reminds me to the monasteries in Meteora in Greece.
Good pov and very good layout.
TFS and best regards
Graal (97897) 2014-04-27 11:35
very nice castle on the rock. Interesting presentation and informations. Photo is very well done. I like it.
Have a nice evening, my friend.
macjake (57074) 2014-04-27 13:20
reminds me a little bit of the Meteora in Greece.
its amazing to think how these were built and constructed back in the day, i wonder how many people died in the process.
lovely subject for TE, really enjoy this one. Its the type of subject that makes me want to visit in person.
emka (80034) 2014-04-29 1:43
Finally something I know. Many many years ago I was in Italy and we visited the places first with three stars, then with two stars. But somewhere I saw a postcard from San Leo and I wanted to go there even if it had no stars at all. And this tiny town is magnificent, with this fortress where Cagliostro died, some very old churches and a place visited by Dante and Francesco d'Assissi.
Stunning shot. The view from the terrace must be magnificent too. Thanks for sharing
Periko (2731) 2014-04-29 5:59
Impressive location for such a building. I can imagine the great view of the valley. Good shot.
Cricri (107360) 2014-04-29 8:16
Ciao ami Silvio
Une vue extraordinaire que l'on doit avoir depuis le château, incroyablement construit sur les hauteurs de ces rochers, bonne lumière et jeu ombre, belle composition
npecanhuk (66382) 2014-04-30 20:54
Unique and wonderful place!
Interesting and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
fotka (3565) 2014-05-13 5:23
Very interesting castle located on the top of rock. The castle almost not possible to reach by enemies in medieval times. It must be also great overlook viewpoint for tourists these days.
Great quality photo as well colors, light and sharpness. Good note also.
fritzi007 (6179) 2014-06-25 12:34
von dieser Burg muss man eine schöne, weite Aussicht haben, dein Foto ist perfekt, wirklich schön!
Viele Grüße mein Freund