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Russi's "Castrum" started to be built around the XIV century, and so the town started to have its defensive structure. During the following century, the defensive system of the town was widened and a stronghold was to be built thanks to Astorgio II Manfredi.

The stronghold of Manfredi had a square structure with four towers, one on each corner of the building, three of them were square while one was circular and would stand on the north-east side of the structure; one more tower, also called "mastio", would be positioned in the middle of the western side of the building.
The stronghold was part of the defensive walls and was very important to make the town safer and protected from outside attacks.
The building was then attacked and damaged several times by enemies and earthquakes, and what still remains is the lower part of the tower named "mastio" which is now part of the former hospital building. Not far from that area, it's still possible to see remains of the circular tower and other fragments of the defensive walls.

The building hosts the art collection of the town, which displays archaeological findings from the local Roman villa and religious art works of past centuries.
The courtyard of the stronghold yearly hosts sacred music concerts.

Address: Piazza Farini - Russi - 48026 (RA)
Tel: 0544 587641, info - Culture Office
Fax: 0544 587680
E-mail: cultura@comune.russi.ra.it

How to get there
In Piazza Farini, in the historical town centre. Bus and car parks in the sorroundings. Accessible to disabled.

Last update: 13/06/2016 (Redazione locale di Russi)

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