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Priamar Fortress
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The old, the new, and the eternal

Nowadays, a citadel of Italian arts and culture, Priamar is appreciated as one of the most imposing fortifications erected on the Mediterranean Sea’s shores. But it wasn’t always that way.

The fortress occupies a hill with the same name and overlooks the Savona seaport – a commune in the Liguria region of northern Italy. As Priamar literally translates as “a stone by the sea,” you can already visualize the scene – a monumental stronghold, set right between the ground and the sea, coupling both worlds’ best. 

Learn more about the vibrant history, the captivating atmosphere, and the place’s unique context, as we travel together – in pink.

The astonishing history of Priamar Fortress

The oldest part of the fortress is the Roman necropolis, which dates back to the 4th century – the period when Priamar developed its importance and became one of the prominent control centers around the area.

During the early Middle Ages, a Cathedral was built in the southern part of the hill, under King Berengario II’s command. During the 11th century, the place grew progressively isolated from the city’s active community life, remaining instead a seat of religious activity, with the Cathedral, and political processes, with the Palazzo del Capitolo.

In 1528, with Savona’s final subjugation, Genoa commanded the construction of an imposing fortress. The military structure designed by Giovanni Maria Olgiati introduced two separate areas: the first – higher and surrounded by walls, dominated the second one – the Citadel.

Since the 16th century, the Priamar Fortress has undergone various transformations. In the 18th century, the fort evolved into a structured military complex with majestic palaces, pavilions, and drill ground. A century later, with Liguria’s annexation to Piedmont, the stronghold was employed as a bath, a military imprisonment site, and even an industrial center.

After centuries of rapid development, the fortress was finally long despised by Savona’s people as an unpleasant symbol of Genoese domination. It remained unused for a long time and was considered almost a foreign body to the city. After challenging debates on the majestic complex’s possible reuse, the difference started occurring during the last two decades of the 20twentieth century. Then, the Italian authorities’ consistent restoration interventions were aimed at a thoroughgoing cultural and touristic reconversion of the site. 

You are probably wondering about the final result? Nowadays, we can easily say that the Priamar Fortress is perhaps better than it had ever been before.

Corso Giuseppe Mazzini, 1, 17100 Savona SV, Italy

Where is it on the Map?

Corso Giuseppe Mazzini, 1, 17100 Savona SV, Italy

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The old, the new, and the eternal

Nowadays, a citadel of Italian arts and culture, Priamar is appreciated as one of the most imposing fortifications erected on the Mediterranean Sea’s shores. But it wasn’t always that way.

The fortress occupies a hill with the same name and overlooks the Savona seaport – a commune in the Liguria region of northern Italy. As Priamar literally translates as “a stone by the sea,” you can already visualize the scene – a monumental stronghold, set right between the ground and the sea, coupling both worlds’ best. 

Learn more about the vibrant history, the captivating atmosphere, and the place’s unique context, as we travel together – in pink.

The astonishing history of Priamar Fortress

The oldest part of the fortress is the Roman necropolis, which dates back to the 4th century – the period when Priamar developed its importance and became one of the prominent control centers around the area.

During the early Middle Ages, a Cathedral was built in the southern part of the hill, under King Berengario II’s command. During the 11th century, the place grew progressively isolated from the city’s active community life, remaining instead a seat of religious activity, with the Cathedral, and political processes, with the Palazzo del Capitolo.

In 1528, with Savona’s final subjugation, Genoa commanded the construction of an imposing fortress. The military structure designed by Giovanni Maria Olgiati introduced two separate areas: the first – higher and surrounded by walls, dominated the second one – the Citadel.

Since the 16th century, the Priamar Fortress has undergone various transformations. In the 18th century, the fort evolved into a structured military complex with majestic palaces, pavilions, and drill ground. A century later, with Liguria’s annexation to Piedmont, the stronghold was employed as a bath, a military imprisonment site, and even an industrial center.

After centuries of rapid development, the fortress was finally long despised by Savona’s people as an unpleasant symbol of Genoese domination. It remained unused for a long time and was considered almost a foreign body to the city. After challenging debates on the majestic complex’s possible reuse, the difference started occurring during the last two decades of the 20twentieth century. Then, the Italian authorities’ consistent restoration interventions were aimed at a thoroughgoing cultural and touristic reconversion of the site. 

You are probably wondering about the final result? Nowadays, we can easily say that the Priamar Fortress is perhaps better than it had ever been before.

Corso Giuseppe Mazzini, 1, 17100 Savona SV, Italy

Where is it on the Map?

Corso Giuseppe Mazzini, 1, 17100 Savona SV, Italy

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Explore more nearby places in Italy, Ligurie

The old, the new, and the eternal

Nowadays, a citadel of Italian arts and culture, Priamar is appreciated as one of the most imposing fortifications erected on the Mediterranean Sea’s shores. But it wasn’t always that way.

The fortress occupies a hill with the same name and overlooks the Savona seaport – a commune in the Liguria region of northern Italy. As Priamar literally translates as “a stone by the sea,” you can already visualize the scene – a monumental stronghold, set right between the ground and the sea, coupling both worlds’ best. 

Learn more about the vibrant history, the captivating atmosphere, and the place’s unique context, as we travel together – in pink.

The astonishing history of Priamar Fortress

The oldest part of the fortress is the Roman necropolis, which dates back to the 4th century – the period when Priamar developed its importance and became one of the prominent control centers around the area.

During the early Middle Ages, a Cathedral was built in the southern part of the hill, under King Berengario II’s command. During the 11th century, the place grew progressively isolated from the city’s active community life, remaining instead a seat of religious activity, with the Cathedral, and political processes, with the Palazzo del Capitolo.

In 1528, with Savona’s final subjugation, Genoa commanded the construction of an imposing fortress. The military structure designed by Giovanni Maria Olgiati introduced two separate areas: the first – higher and surrounded by walls, dominated the second one – the Citadel.

Since the 16th century, the Priamar Fortress has undergone various transformations. In the 18th century, the fort evolved into a structured military complex with majestic palaces, pavilions, and drill ground. A century later, with Liguria’s annexation to Piedmont, the stronghold was employed as a bath, a military imprisonment site, and even an industrial center.

After centuries of rapid development, the fortress was finally long despised by Savona’s people as an unpleasant symbol of Genoese domination. It remained unused for a long time and was considered almost a foreign body to the city. After challenging debates on the majestic complex’s possible reuse, the difference started occurring during the last two decades of the 20twentieth century. Then, the Italian authorities’ consistent restoration interventions were aimed at a thoroughgoing cultural and touristic reconversion of the site. 

You are probably wondering about the final result? Nowadays, we can easily say that the Priamar Fortress is perhaps better than it had ever been before.

Corso Giuseppe Mazzini, 1, 17100 Savona SV, Italy

Where is it on the Map?

Corso Giuseppe Mazzini, 1, 17100 Savona SV, Italy

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