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Ancient Armoury Hall

This hall, which was used as an oil mill from the 1700’s until just several years ago, has been philologically restored to its ancient pre-mill splendour by the Morsiani Counts.  Olive oil, and the cultural traditions around it, has always been of fundamental importance to the area around Castelleone and, naturally, the entire Umbrian countryside. The olive oil produced from the groves around Castelleone has always been considered amongst the very best, so much so that the celebrated poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, who was a guest at the Castle for a long time, composed an ode to the “magical liquid” produced here.  It seemed, therefore, of utmost importance to retain the “future memory” of the main oil presses present in the oil mill, among which the gigantic stone presses now in the courtyard of the Castle. This 100m² hall is characterised by its cross-vaulted bare brick ceilings, their beautiful hues and tones so masterly intertwined that they almost seem like a stone fresco.  The construction abilities of the Comacine masters of the 1300’s and 1400’s are evident in the extraordinary thickness of the walls which here, as in other parts of the Castle, are more than 2 meters thick. During the recent restoration work a huge ancient chimney flue was discovered, certainly the only source of heat available when this hall was used in the times of the medieval knights as they stopped there for refuge from the wars which raged in the countryside.  A large travertine marble renaissance fireplace now stands there, with caryatids and floral festoons decorating its façade. Next to the Armoury Hall are the other historic vaulted-ceiling halls, once used for any number of activities, which today host the Castle’s museum. Go to the second part of the text

 

 

Artistic description of the "Ancient Armoury Hall"
- Pair of ancient iron armor
- Five portable metal armor old style
- Ceiling brick face-to-view "sometimes twisted to form" cross "and sails
- Monumental fireplace in the late sixteenth century. caryatids with travertine marble, pilasters anthropomorphic, floral festoons carved in marble
- Two access stairs from the ancient gallery and going from village entrance
- An external port on the Olive Tree Lane (rear of the Castle)
- Other paintings and sculptures of ancient Umbrian and Tuscan schools from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.
- Boxes, chests, tables and cabinets from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century
- Collection of art pottery from Deruta
- 2 doors

 
 
 
 
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 23:42