Loquis: Orsini Odescalchi Castle inBracciano

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Orsini Odescalchi Castle inBracciano


Published on:  2018-03-12 15:18:00


The Castle in Bracciano has become one of the favourite locations among celebrities in the entertainment industry such as Tom Cruise and Eros Ramazzotti to celebrate their weddings. One of Europe's largest 15th century manors, the castle was built on a trapezoidal plan with six large towers. Initial construction probably began during the 12th century when the castle was the property of the Prefects of Vico. It passed to the Municipality of Rome after 1370 and in 1419 the Pope donated it to the Orsini family, who ordered significant expansions and reconstructions. Pope Alexander Borgia VI attempted to get it back later but the siege of the Papal troops was helpless against the castle and village's admirable fortifications. After a few months, the Papal troops abandoned Bracciano and headed for the Province of Viterbo in the Cimini Mounts where they were finally defeated by Orsini in the battle of Soriano. The castle was auctioned in 1695 and sold to the Odescalchi family – the family of origin of Pope Innocent XI. The Odescalchi family then sold the castle to the Torlonia family in 1803. It returned to the family in 1861 for the occasion of the wedding of Livio III with Polish heiress Sofia Branicka and is in its possession to this day. Fresco paintings of the Antoniazzo Romano school in the castle date back to the 15th century. Fresco paintings by the Zuccari brothers can be seen in the Papal Bedroom, thus called because it had hosted Pope Sixtus IV while he was trying to escape the plague.

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