L'apertura della cinta muraria della Rocca Abbaziale di Subiaco: la nuova strada carrozzabile, il Portale di ingresso e le Scuderie
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 73-74, 2021
The opening of the walls of the Rocca Abbaziale di Subiaco: the new carriage road, the entrance portal
and the Stables
The construction carried out by Pope Pius VI Braschi totally changed Subiaco’s urban planning: the Rocca Abbaziale was no longer only accessible via alleys and steep stairways, but was now also connected to the town by means of a new carriage road, created to constitute a sumptuous triumphal path for the Pope.
The new avenue, an extension of the Via Sublacense, cut a section through the triple city walls of the Rocca, which had been closed until then as their defensive nature required, through a monumental entrance portal with connected Stables, intended to accommodate the carriages of the papal court. The “breach” opened in the walls also transformed the peculiar aesthetics of the building itself, which from fortress became a noble palace. This opening is well documented in the two descriptive land registers, the Barberiniano and the one created by Luigi Tranquilli, land registers that can be compared to the Gregorian.