Amatrice is a town and comune in the province of Rieti, in northern Lazio (central Italy). The city is seat of the food-agricultural base of "Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park".
Archaeological remains have shown human presence in the area of Amatrice since prehistorical times, and also remain of Roman edifices and tombs have been found. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the area became part of the Lombard Duchy of Spoleto, included in the comitate of Ascoli. The town of Matrice is mentioned in the papers of the Abbey of Farfa in 1012 as commanding the confluence of the Tronto and Castellano rivers.
In 1265, during the reign of Manfred of Sicily, Amatrice became part of the Kingdom of Naples. After the capture of the latter by the Angevines, Amatrice rebelled but was suppressed by Charles I of Anjou in 1274, although it maintained some sort of autonomy as Universitas. In the 14th and 15th century it was frequently in conflict with the neighbouring cities of Norcia, Arquata and L'Aquila, and its troops took part in the siege of the latter under Braccio da Montone. In the course of the conflict between Angevines and the Aragonese for the conquest of the Kingdom of Naples, Amatrice chose the latter side. In 1529 it was stormed by the troops of Philibert of Chalon, general of Emperor Charles V, who gave it to its general Alessandro Vitelli.
Later Amatrice was held by the Orsini and the Medici of Florence, who kept it until 1737. It was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1639. After the unification of Italy, it became part of Abruzzo, being annexed to the Lazio in 1927.
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Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-03-08 10:46
Superb shot! i really like this old & mysterious mood..excellent light and clarity..i love the corner on the right side of the image..very well done
mohammad_H (9532) 2012-03-08 10:54
iReally very interesting and beautiful places with interesting bumps and plaster and beautiful lights. Subject to taking a good documentary
chrisostomou (568) 2012-03-08 11:00
very beautiful scene..the buildings wall seems as a pattern itself..the clarity and sharpness are great signs for attraction..good work! tfs!
agjika (3616) 2012-03-08 11:04
Fabulous tones and textures here, a photo full of character.Maybe I would have straighten up the vertical a bit.
Very very nice
lousat (78455) 2012-03-08 11:12
Ciao Silvio,una gran bella architettura ed uno stile delizioso,mi ricorda un po' Cuba,sia come modello che come meteo..ehhe..grandi dettagli in una luce difficile.Buona serata,Luciano
jurek1951 (42160) 2012-03-08 11:21
Very interesting architecture. Original POV and composition. Very good shot. Well done
ourania (32833) 2012-03-08 11:34
I like very much the subtle light and even chromatic tones in this photo. The subtle light on this street combined with the very old architecture and its dark colours create a fascinating, mysterious atmosphere. The entrance is very impressive.
All the best,
rychem (24626) 2012-03-08 11:46
This is one of the interesting and beautiful old houses, with interesting architecture details, nice shot with good light and composition
Hansaphotos (6915) 2012-03-08 11:55
Splendid photo of the old facade. The lighting, together with the architecture and the textures, creates a mystic mood here. Very nice work:) TFS. Have a nice evening.
Best regards, Erling
mvdisco (17776) 2012-03-08 12:46
Ciao Silvio Bonjour,
Beautiful old architecture and details,
Excellent point of view and tone of colors ,
Excellent notes of the site well presented and composed picture.
Very well done.. and Enjoy the end of the day,
siudzi (34047) 2012-03-08 12:48
Very beautiful and interesting place has been found and selected for taking this great image. Good DOF, sharpness and light management used. Like it!
ciakgiak (30421) 2012-03-08 12:54
splendida architettura, bellissima dal punto di vista fotografico, una gran bella facciata, incredibilmente nitidi i dettagli.
Un caro saluto.
nikkitta (14992) 2012-03-08 14:59
Interesting note to introduce the beautiful capture of the old house
I also agree that may be it would be better to crop part of the right side
bayno (18342) 2012-03-08 18:58
Ciao Silvio, ritorniamo al nostro medioevo e ai nostri borghi...bellissima facciata...hai fatto un invasione nel Lazio...
Sonata11 (33298) 2012-03-08 18:59
this facade of this building is very attractive and beautiful architecture with lovely street lamp. Wonderful composition of this place. Marvellous executed with excellent sharpness, colors, fantastic POV. Very lovely picture. I love it a lot. Awesome work. Congrats.
All the best,
aliabazari (15949) 2012-03-08 19:10
This type of architecture is very beautiful. Components used in light colors with good management. Very beautiful and eye-catching view. Thanks for sharing.
njc954s (2) 2012-03-08 20:46
I like the color and sence of age. I can imagine the bus driving by every hour spewing exhaust on the wall turning it black.
SnapRJW (31613) 2012-03-08 21:23
Hello Silvio - This is special. The old building is looking it's age, beautiful architectural details are partly obscured by pollution and the passage of time. If walls could talk what would this house say? Excellent. I love the colours and soft light. Warmest regards Rosemary
ChrisJ (100136) 2012-03-08 21:33
The diffused light has permitted maximum shadow detail here. Good sharpness & interesting textural details & contrasts. I like the muted pastel colors. Tfs!
JFS (32459) 2012-03-08 22:08
Ciao amico Silvio!
Bellissimo vecchio palazzo, mi piacce molto la tua prospettiva, la lampada ha il suo protagonismo anche.
Buon fine de settimana!
Cricri (108087) 2012-03-08 23:03
Une netteté impeccable et un cadrage parfait de cette vielle et belle architecture ancienne
Belle journée mon ami
dkmurphys (50222) 2012-03-09 0:35
What a splendid facade. Amazing Italy, great catch!
Have a lovely weekend.
mauro61 (52623) 2012-03-09 1:42
dalla tonalità scura, causa del tempo, hai tirato fuori un'ottima immagine in cui la forza dei chiaroscuri è fondamentale.
Buono il taglio che mette in mostra i particolari architettonici del Palazzo.
Buon fine settimana
npecanhuk (66894) 2012-03-09 4:26
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
baddori (19965) 2012-03-09 8:07
Altri tempi quando Orsini e Medico controllavano ...banche, reami, pontificato.
Ottima resa ....specie la finestra tipica del Lazio ..... quadrata e con le sbarre a rombo (come se il tempo non si fosse fermato .
siamesa (27747) 2012-03-09 14:28
Boa noite Silvio
Splendid view of this old and nice house.
Superb capture with a perfect sharpness.
peppe59 (14551) 2012-03-10 4:14
un angolo veramente molto bello ed interessante, sembra quasi un sepia, le mura si uniscono al colore del portone con perfetta armonia, complimenti una bellissima foto, come sempre.
maria-v1981 (10814) 2012-03-10 4:52
Seeing this balcony comes the image of Juliet and Romeo. I guess like this is the scene that takes place the famous scene. This picture is disconnected from the past. The architecture details are amazing. I love the nostalgic atmosphere of this image.
macjake (57468) 2012-03-11 10:04
its amazing to read, and think about times way back into the 1200's! we just dont have such history here in North America.
the doorway and the balcony are the 2 super highlights here, well, i guess we can include the windows too.
whats not to admire in this scene!!!
delpeoples (53419) 2012-03-14 0:47
Una foto piena di mistero. Mi piace molto il palazzo caratteristico. Ottima la tessitura e colori. Complimenti e ti auguro una bella giornata.