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Meloria Tower – A historic stretch of sea

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The Meloria Tower is an eighteenth-century building that stands alone in the stretch of sea that in 1284 was the scene of the famous battle between the Genoese and the Pisans. Destroyed by the Genoese in 1286, it was rebuilt in 1598 at the behest of Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici, but was later destroyed by the force of the sea. Today's building dates back to 1709 and was erected under Cosimo III: it consists of four pillars joined by pointed arches on top of which rests the body of the tower itself, to make less resistance to the waves. The area in which it is located was also the scene of important archaeological discoveries. In 1722, four bronze heads of late Renaissance workmanship (Meloria bronzes) were found in the surrounding seabed, depicting Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus and one by an unknown artist, which were then taken to Florence.

Meloria Tower – A historic stretch of sea

G6X9+6J Livorno, Province of Livorno, Italy

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