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Marzia Gate and Paolina Fortress
Perugia, Italy - Marzia Gate and Paolina Fortress
The Paolina Fortress was built by Paolo III, to a design by Antonio and Aristocle da Sangollo between 1530-1543. A quarter of the city was demolished in order to construct it. Sangallo managed to save the Etruscan Porta Marzia (Marzia Gate) by integrating in into the wall structure. The gate is composed of an arch underlined by a row of hewn rocks and a slightly protruding cornice. Today, all that remains from the Paolina Fortress is the southwest buttress.