The Italian Navy officer Enrico Alberto d'Albertis (1836-1932) was a traveller and sailor. He travelled over again the routes of Columbus, and wrote fascinating travel relations like adventure novels. In 1886 he acquired the ruins of the bastion of Montegalletto in Genoa, opposite the Forte San Giorgio on the 15th-century town-walls. He had rebuilt the bastion rebuilt as a castle in medieval style: the Castello d'Albertis.
The building shows many architectonic elements of emblematic buildings of the former Genoa, and antique marbles, a splendid portal of 15th century, one gun of the 1500's found in the dock, and a multitude of works of art... But the castle was also expression of D'Albertis's devotion to Columbus, to whom numerous works of art and several elements refer.
A separate page of the this Columbus Monument website is devoted to Monteverde's statue "Colombo giovinetto" or Columbus as a boy.
Sundial on a large plaque, with:
ONORE E GLORIA
A CRISTOFORO COLOMBO
coat of arms of Genoa an Columbus and bust
(Columbus's references to Genoa)
Siendo yo nacido en Génova… vine a servir acqui en
Castilla… Génova es ciudad noble y poderosa por
la mar… della Sali y en ella naci> (TESTAMENTO 1498)
< Bien que el coerpo anda acá el coraçon
esta ali de continuo> (LETTERA APRILE 1502).
The sundial, with ORE 17.34 MEZZOGIORNO A "SAN SALVADOR". (this, at 17.34 hour local time, it is noon in San Salvador).
LA ROCCIA DIVEVTA DALLA PRIMA TERRA
SCOPERTA DA COLOMBO L'ANCORA È LA
CATENA DEL "CORSARO" ATTESTANO
IL DEVOTO OMAGGIO du maina zeneize
Below the sundial, there is a small explanatory sign:
1492 - 1892
Santa Maria reliefs
Other beautiful Columbian objects, in the Castle, are the high reliefs of the Saint Maria, in the scale that leads to the advanced plan and on one of the external walls.
On the marble plate the text: "A ricordare la costruzione dei modelli delle caravelle di Cristoforo Colombo eseguita in queste sale per invito del Comune di Genova nel settembre 1892". (in commemoration of the construction of the models of caravels of Cristopherr Columbus executed here on instigation of the Town of Genoa in September 1892). The models are at present near the Maritime Museum.
Marble seat in the garden with a relief of the Santa Maria.
Sources & Information
- Photos of sundial: Norbert Fiks, February 2003.
- Other photos Gian Carl Rigassio; and information: Sullacrestadellonda, Genova: Castello d'Albertis (thanks to J.M. Urvoy for this reference).
Location N 44°25'6" E 8°55'28"
Item Code: itli011;
Added: 1 February 2003
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