Castello Estense

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Andy99 Andy99
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A Medieval Fortress turned Palace Oct 03, 2012
The Castello Estense is the central focus of the Ferrara historic district. The Este family ruled Ferrara from 1208 to 1597. The four-towered fortress and palace was begun in 1385, designed by the court architect Bartolomeo da Novara. A popular uprising had led Nicholas II d'Este to the decision that a stronger fortification was needed to retain his hold on power. The castle was later converted to the Ducal palace. Apartments enlarged the building and works of art commissioned under Este patronage were added to adorn it until 1598 when Pope Clement VII claimed Ferrara and removed the contents. Perhaps the castle's most famous resident was Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519), second wife of Alphonso I. (Her third husband.)

There is no charge to visit the grounds of Castello Estense. Visitors can enjoy the Gothic architecture and four very Medieval looking towers complete with vaulted passageways, moats, and drawbridges. No one would have wanted to mess with the Este family! Tours of the interior and restored the ducal apartments with frescoed walls and ceilings are available (8 Euro). Unfortunately time did not permit us a visit to the apartments.

A visitor information center and ticket office is located in the courtyard where city maps and information can be found. There are also public restrooms here. The castle was damaged during the May 2012 earthquake and repair work was going on when we were there.

Part of the Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Interesting place
Posted on: Feb 05, 2013
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Vipin Vipin
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Impressive sight! Apr 09, 2011
Commissioned in the late fourteenth century by the powerful Este family of the day, this is a great medieval castle which is surrounded by a traditional moat to this day. The bridge makes the stereotypical picture complete, as do the four towers which dot each corner. This is a very handsome and impressive building indeed, and inside, there is a considerable amount of high decoration, great artwork and historic artefacts such as a collection of coats of arms associated with Ferrara. If you are in Ferrara, this is perhaps the most iconic building in the area and definitely worth considering!
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