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Museum of Medieval Towers

The Museum of the Towers, as well as allowing the view of the remains of the castle, let people admire an extensive landscape of the Plain, characterized by the Po river. The exhibited elements, in their complexity, also characterize it as a Local History Museum, where to retrace, particularly through the findings found in Ostiglia and in the Castle area, the past of Ostiglia, from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

The Museum of the Towers, as well as allowing the view of the remains of the castle, let people admire an extensive landscape of the Plain, characterized by the Po river. The exhibited elements, in their complexity, also characterize it as a Local History Museum, where to retrace, particularly through the findings found in Ostiglia and in the Castle area, the past of Ostiglia, from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

The castle, in a print of 1500.

The exhibition is articulated in several environments, which wind through the room of the Bell tower, that of the Clock Tower and the walkway of the patrol. In the halls of the Museum are exhibited: pottery, produced between the XIII and the XIX century d.C. (especially the "engraved" works of XV and XVI century); glass and other finds, coming from the manor area, from the town of Ostiglia and its territory; stone finds, coming from ruins or the result of fortuitous discoveries, occurred in the Ostiglia territory, including a fragment of a 17th century Gonzaga coat of arms, found near the Castle and a funeral bas-relief with epigraph from the Church of Santa Maria in Castello; two fragments of the altarpiece of the former Casona Court; a fragment of Corte Gazzina sewer with coat of arms of the Marchesi Strozzi (18th century); fragments of epigraphs from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including two epigraphs from Ostiglia and Corte Arginino Grande; five marble slabs, with Austrian coat of arms in relief, of the eighteenth century. In addition to architectural pieces dating back to the 18th to the 19th century, a water mill grinder, catapult and cannon bullets, dated between the Middle Ages and the XIX century, a 16th century crossbow. Along the main entrance stairs is a fresco, with a representation of the Holy Family (XVI-XVII sec.). The Clock Tower is characterized by the mechanism of the 19th century clock, and the clock of the Foglia Palace (XIX-XX sec.). The Bell Tower hosts in the cell, built in 1616, the bell of the eighteenth century.

First picture: Clock tower and bell tower. Second picture: prison tower.

Medieval district and towers

Of the ancient Castle of Ostiglia, active between the 12th and early 18th centuries, only three towers survived: the Bell Tower, the Clock Tower and the Prisons Tower. In the first two and in the patrol walkway that connects them, the museum was built, the third is private property. The Bell tower stands on the ancient bell tower of the Church of Santa Maria in Castello (built in 1151 by Marquis Ermanno, Governor of Verona), whose remains, now private property, retain the columns of the left nave and the apse, in whose niche is still visible a 14th century fresco representing the Crucifixion. From the Bell Tower, above the apse of the Church, you will enter the bell chamber, built in 1616 to install the first bell, it consists of four double-arched windows, in which center are placed columns with capitals. The second Tower houses an antique clock, whose dial is composed of a single white marble slab, on which you can read the sequence of hours in Roman numerals; the hour hand is inserted onto a sun surrounded by rays. In the outer wall of the patrol walkway are Ghibelline crenels. The municipality is implementing a project to restore and renovate the Medieval Neighborhood, where the Towers are, to get accessible “the Hall of razors well”, the "Prisons Tower" and part of the city wall.