Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar
This property consists of 6 components of defence works in
Italy, Croatia and Montenegro, spanning more than 1,000 km between the
Lombard region of Italy and the eastern Adriatic Coast. The
fortifications throughout the Stato da Terra protected the Republic of Venice from other European powers to the northwest and those of the Stato da Mar protected
the sea routes and ports in the Adriatic Sea to the Levant. They were
necessary to support the expansion and authority of the Serenissima.
The introduction of gunpowder led to significant shifts in military
techniques and architecture that are reflected in the design of
so-called alla moderna /bastioned, fortifications, which were to spread throughout Europe.