Photographer's Note

Along the Brennero state road, at the shores of the Fortezza Reservoir, there is the Fortezza Fortress - 'Festung Franzensfeste' in German, 'Forte di Fortezza' in Italian.
The fortress was built under the rule of Ferdinand I the emperor of Austria in the period between 1833 and 1838 AD. Hence, the German name of the fortress: Franzensfeste, derives from the name of the emperor (Ferdinand => Franz) who ruled in the period. The purpose of the Fortezza Fortress was built to safeguard the then Habsburg Monarchy and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867-1918) from a possible attack of the Italian army, since the movement for Italian Unity was already on its way and the then Emperor was afraid of the consequences of a united Italian State. The fort was the peak of XIX. century fortress building, and considered as a serious - if not impossible - barrier for any army of that era. The fort however, never saw battle: like a vast majority of military expenditures proved to be unnecessary. After WWI, when South Tyrol was annected to Italy, the fort became the property of the Italian army, which used it as a storage for munition until the end of the 1990s, when it abandoned the fort. Since then it is the property of Bolzano Province and after a thorough renovation serves as museum for the history of the fort and host exhibitions of contemporary arts (see WS).

Since the fort is situated in the narrowest point of the valley, the only vantage point that offers a wider view is on the shore of Lago Fortezza (German: Franzensfester Ses) under the highway. As you can see the weather wasn't really nice, but I was like, why not take advantage of the falling rain?

I dedicate this photo to Janusz Wala (Ilonka1974), who just uploaded a photo of Rio Pusteria, a tiny medieval fort just a few km-s from Fortezza.

Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70, at 70 mm, f11, 1/125, iso 800. PP: Silver Effex, High Structure.

Ilonka1974, pajaran, dale54, emka oznaczył to zdjęcie jeko użyteczne

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