Towers of Bologna: the skyscrapers of the 12th century?

humanoidlord

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I would think so. Though the artwork was made in 2012, so it might have been imaginary. But I don't doubt the possibility lol.
forcefields are definitely possible if we use the model of russian researcher tech_dancer
 

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It does seem silly for warring factions within a city to devote years and resources to build these things. Did they declare a tower-building truce?

Weird idea, but maybe they were built for defense, just not from other humans. The walls are smooth and difficult to scale, and there aren't many windows.
 

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If the conventional explanation is true, maybe it's not that they were built for defense in all-out war, but that there was something like a long multi-generational feud with periodic assassinations, and they all wanted to make damn sure no one could sneak into their house at night and slit their throat.
 
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I think your previous suggestion of some non-human entities makes more sence.

This abundance of towers makes no sence when viewed from the conventional stand point.

May be we should look from a non-conventional one.
 

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Like extra dimensional entities that conquered a once thriving and technically superior humanity and are now our evil, psychopathic overlords?

Crap, I sound seriously woowoo.
 

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Good find. So these slots are where the frescos mounted into.


Could explain some of the Cog cuts found at megalithic sites.
Right, except they are not really cuts.
More like missing brick where an anchor for the faux columns and heavier art work were ripped out.
On the towers also, they are all evenly spaced.

Sort of like this modern example.
veneer anchor.jpg

In between the holes the bricks are extruded, to hold a plaster or stucco that was ripped off.

If you look at the link, there is barely a Latin cross to be found on these until 1749.
SAN PETRONIO A BOLOGNA: I PROGETTI PER COMPLETARLA

On this one it looks like they started to replace the ripped down Classical original with Roman Catholic and ran out of money.

 
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Another interesting medieval story comes from the Italian city of Bologna. Apparently 800-900 years ago the citizens of Bologna enjoyed building tall towers. Between the 12th and the 13th century, the number of towers in the city was very high, possibly up to 180. The reasons for the construction of so many towers are not clear. One hypothesis is that the richest families used them for offensive/defensive purposes during the period of the Investiture Controversy.

During the 13th century, many towers were taken down or demolished, and others simply collapsed. Many towers have subsequently been utilized in one way or the other: as prison, city tower, shop or residential building. The last demolitions took place during the 20th century, according to an ambitious, but retrospectively unfortunate, restructuring plan for the city. The Artenisi Tower and the Riccadonna Tower at the Mercato di mezzo were demolished in 1917.


NOTE: is this a 12th century photograph?

Of the numerous towers originally present, fewer than twenty can still be seen today. The most famous are
  • the Azzoguidi Tower, also called Altabella (with a height of 61 m)
  • the Prendiparte Tower, called Coronata (60 m)
  • the Scappi Tower (39 m)
  • Uguzzoni Tower (32 m)
  • Guidozagni Tower
  • Galluzzi Tower
  • the Asinelli Tower (97 m)
  • Garisenda Tower (48 m)
List of the still existing towers
It appears the exact time of the construction of the above towers is not known. Based on the available info, they had to be built during, or prior to the 12th century. The towers were, and some still are, pretty massive. The reasons for construction of these structures is also unknown, bar the speculative competition one. Most of the towers were taken down during the 13th century. This website here titled it, "Sketch of Bologna Towers in the Middle Ages"

A couple of questions:
  • What do you think these towers were built for?
  • The first image of the topic. If it is not a photograph, than what is it? An easy answer would be the mockup they used to recreate the scenery. But if it indeed was a mockup, than why do we have such a poor quality, and only one available image?

Sources:
Wow.

Discovered this image Here

Medieval_Bologna.jpg


Under the dome?

As for 12th Century photographs.. here it is with some exposure adjustments and made mono, in my opinion it certainly has some photographic qualities.

bologna_1-01.jpeg
 

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