Avise Castle

Avise, Italy

Erected at the end of the 15th century by Bonifacio d’Avise, the Avise castle comprises a three-story building sided by a quadrangular tower. The motto of the Lords of Avise, Qui tost Avise tart se repent, is inscribed on the main portal. The monument has recently been restored and currently hosts events and temporary exhibitions. Worth discovering is the vast interior room with the fireplace, the furniture and the pewter collection; as well as the frescoes, the ‘chamber of the safe’ and the ‘chamber of corbels’, thus called because of the fourteen carved wood corbels portraying animals, monsters and figures in fifteenth century garments. These elements suggest that the Avise family commissioned art objects according to the ‘official’ taste of the period.

The castle is not open to visitors since it houses a wine bar and restaurant.



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Avise 22, Avise, Italy
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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channel max (20 months ago)
Formed by a massive tower built in the 11th century, the original seat of the powerful Lords of Avise, and by the rest of the castle, built later. It was the reason for dynastic causes with the De Blonay, related by marriage. The tower was used as a prison in the 18th century. In good condition, it is private. It is not normally open to visitors, except in the case of particular events.
roberto rosini (2 years ago)
Sorge presso la Chiesa di San Brizio ed è chiamato la “Maison de Blonay”. La torre quadrata, prima dimora dei Signori di Avise e risalente all'undicesimo secolo, è coronata da una merlatura a coda di rondine e chiari segni indicano che in origine sorse sola: il castello le fu aggiunto in epoca posteriore. La Torre non è visitabile, in quanto è una struttura privata. Tutto appare disabitato e in abbandono anche se sul portone di ingresso vi sono manifesti che ne fanno intuire l'uso come luogo di occasionali mostre o iniziative.
Francesco Viti (2 years ago)
Tommaso Sansone (2 years ago)
Castle near Avise close to a valley.
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