Il castrum di Torrecchia Vecchia presso Cisterna di Latina. Analisi delle strutture murarie e dei caratteri costruttivi
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 73-74, 2021
The Torrecchia Vecchia
in Cisterna di Latina. Analysis of the masonry structures and
The Torrecchia Vecchia castrum is a settlement fortified during the medieval era. It probably stands on the remains of an ancient Roman settlement, and it is now part of a large agricultural estate called ‘Tenuta di Torrecchia Vecchia’ by Cisterna di Latina, in Southern Lazio. This work aims to deepen the knowledge of the castrum and understand its origin. The historical research has clarified the ancient boundaries of the castrum and allowed the tracing of the various changes of ownership. The clarification on the construction phases, based on the study of the monument, led to the identification of different types of walls.
The stratigraphic reading helped to define the periods of the original construction, the following transformations and the enlargements of the castle and the settlement. The study of the architectural remains enabled the identification of the ancient function of the castrum: first of all, the control and the defense of the territory; housing and agriculture purpose later.