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Spello's Porta Urbica

A Defensive Side Entrance


[image ALT: A stretch of old wall, about 5 m high, 10 m long, and continuing beyond the edges of the photograph on either side. It is of regular masonry of small rectangular stone blocks, although a few shrubs have taken hold in some of the interstices; and it is pierced by a single large arched doorway. It is the Porta Urbica in Spello, Umbria (central Italy).]

Like the more spectacular Porta Venere this gate is part of the west walls of Spello: the difference is that the Porta Urbica is near the foot of the hill, and its function thus needs to be more strictly defensive; and towers are superfluous here, when the top of the hill affords a much better vantage point.


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