Pictures of conflicts and forces from the past.. in an almost open air museum in Bellinzona's surrounding bring you the castles and their fortified walls which belong to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites since 2000 and have been protected the modern small city until today on August in 2013..
(Text/Photography by Tzina- Mersina Alimpoutaki-Joustra.
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View of Castle Grande from ' Piazza del Sole'.
The Castlegrande that is the main fort and was built at the times of the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus was known as a key point in wars period and was also capable to holding 1000 soldiers.
According to the history Bellinzona in Ticino was from the past the capital of a country that included most of the extremely valuable valleys in Ticino.
Castlegrande and the city of Bellinzona are established in a location that through the narrow valley make their position perfect for strong walls and castles for the protection of the surrounding area.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons. Attribution: I, Clemensfranz.
The narrow streets of Bellinzona's centre. Through them you can go onto the castle ground.
Piazza del Sole.
Piazza del Sole in the weekly market day.
Bellinzona's Railway station.
In 1499 Bellinzona was captured by Louis XII of France with the invasion of Milan after almost one and half centuries under Milanese rule. In 1803 through the Act of Mediation Bellinzona that always occupied a significant geographic location in the Alps making it an important trading centre became part of the independent canton of Ticino and the castles were property of the state.