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Why the hell were medieval towns bombed?
For the same reason that the old center and cultural gem of Dresden was set ablaze with fire bombs.
 

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Venzone - Udine province - Italy
Destroyed after the May 6, 1976 earthquake (Terremoto del Friuli)
In 2017 Venzone won the italian competition "Borgo dei Borghi" ("Village of the villages")
It was rebuilt following the "Dov'era com'era" philosophy ("Where it was as it was")

After the earthquake

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Now, after 30 years reconstruction

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Colloredo di Monte Albano - Udine province - Italy

The Castle of Colloredo di Monte Albano (1302) is one of the most important symbols of the geographic region of Friuli, in north eastern Italy. For a period, it was the home of Ippolito Nievo, an italian XIX century writer.
The Castle was seriously damaged in the May 6, 1976 eartquake (Terremoto del Friuli) and, after 45 years, is still under reconstruction.

How it was before

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After the earthquake

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The reconstruction plans

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Work In Progress

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Meanwhile in Kwidzyn, Poland...

Kwidzyn, formerly known as Marienwerder, rocks a stunning Brick Gothic castle with a cathedral but what was lacking was an attractive downtown area. They're not exactly reconstructions, but inspired by the buildings that formerly stood there. This is one of my favourite semi-reconstruction/reconstruction projects in Poland, and hopefully many other towns and cities will follow pursuit.

First phase, finished mid-2010s. Not too bad, eh? 😄

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Second phase, currently being built:

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