The new gates of the ancient city
The Porta Nuova in Bergamo during the #italiagrandsketchingtour.
Before calling it a day and concluding my visit to Bergamo, which I knew was leaving with still many things to see and explore, I decided one more feature of the city could’ve been missed. I wanted to visit and draw the Porta Nuova.
This was the main entrance of the new city, the lower Bergamo. The monumental door was built in neoclassical style in 1837 on the occasion of the entry into the city of Ferdinand I of Austria 1838. The two propylaea open on the long boulevard and it gives the city a very majestic appearance. But they had also a very important reason to be. They were in fact the headquarters of the custom and all goods had to pass through here and be controlled by the authorities.
Now it is a very trafficked part of the city but while drawing I could imagine the royal procession of soldiers, noblemen and the royal family in they chariots and their richness, during the celebrations, but also the daily work of the customs. What an incredible show it must have been, much more interesting but probably not very different to the metal detectors in our airports.