North Gate (or from Bora) – West Gate – Southeast Gate
North Gate (or da Bora): made entirely of brick, it dates back to the first half of the fourteenth century with two pointed arches, and traces of fresco in the lunette of the inner arch.
At the top on the external facade you can see the remains (to be exact, corbels and machicolations) of a tower without a crenellated crowning. The name derives from the exposure to the north and the gusts of the bora, catabatic wind (or “fall”) northeast whose name comes from Borea, personification of the north wind in Greek mythology.
West Gate: currently the main entrance of the town facing west, the door was built in the mid-800 after the construction of the Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia (pievania), with the addition of the solid bridge below.
It is one of the largest panoramic views towards the Sibillini Mountains, a must at sunset. At the beginning of the small tree-lined avenue that leads to the door, in the place where now stands the Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia, was placed the historic “quadrivio”the main crossroads until the beginning of the 19th century, as can also be seen from the topographical maps of the Gregorian Cadastre.
South-East Gate: with double round arch and cross vault, it was built in the first decades of the fourteenth century like almost all the castle walls and the northern gate. It overlooks Largo Vittorio Emanuele and the Tassoni belvedere, also known as i firre.
Next to the door, on the outside side of the town, there are some small remains of the building that housed the servants employed at the adjacent Tassoni Palace, and that once in disuse was demolished for security reasons.
Here are some points of interest that we suggest you to visit to continue to discover all the beauties of the territory of Massignano.
From the town as from several points of the surrounding countryside open to the eyes glimpses of wonderful beauty: the hills dotted with small villages stretch out like a rolling carpet between the blue of the Adriatic Sea and the Sibillini mountains, also known as “blue mountains”.
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