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Venetian defense works bid for UNESCO heritage status

Italian forts put on list of suitable sites

20 February, 16:03
Venetian defense works bid for UNESCO heritage status (ANSA) - Venice, February 20 - Defence works built under the Republic of Venice between the 15th and 17th centuries have been put on a list of sites considered suitable for nomination to UNESCO's World Heritage List, the Italian culture ministry said Thursday.

Fortifications in Bergamo, Venice and Pescheria del Garda are just some of the works built under the Serenissima and that feature in the serial transnational site embracing Italy, Croatia and Montenegro.

Between the State of Land and the State of Sea, the selected works are representative of the more complex defensive system designed and built by the Venetian Republic in order to control its territories and the commercial routes leading to the East.

The creation of such a network over such a vast area relied on participation from the most important military architects and engineers of the time.