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Rivus Altus
The founding of Rivus Altus in the year 810
About this creation

After having crushed the forces of the Lombards in northern Italy, Charles the Great, the first holy roman emperor and King of the Franks integrated northern Italy to his empire. Many Venetians fled from the mainland to the islands in the Venetian Lagoon and founded in the year 810 the city of Rialto or Rivus Altus. The Franks attacked the settlement of Rialto but did not succeed in defeating the Venetians in the swamps of the lagoon. Life was hard at the beginning. The people had to fight the swamps. They dried the land build up piles for their homes to stand firm in the muddy soil of the islands. Year by year they won a piece of land for their use. One day, not too far away, Rialto would become Venice and Venice would become a super power in the medieval world of old Europe for centuries. The Serenissima was born.

This moc shows how the people of Rialto are getting land from the swamps. Even in the starting period the Venetians were traders. Usually their homes consisted of a storage part in the ground floor and living rooms in the first and potentially second floor. More floors were usually not possible due to the muddy soil. This moc was built for Colossal Castle Contest V.


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  February 16, 2011
More then the exteriors and the sence of history I loved the interiors! I am putting you on my favorites list!
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  January 23, 2011
The buildings, interiors and exteriors of them, are my favorite parts of this MOC... Such charm!
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  April 29, 2008
Giorgio: you bulding style is very sharp and your MOCs demonstrate your fine attention to detail. This particular scene really catches my eye. I love the way you created this scene with the dock and the tan/brown building. Excellent choice of colors. The tree really adds a nice element of detail as well. Overall, it reminds me of something that Disney would come up with. Excellent!
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  February 4, 2008
Congratulations, very nice.
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  January 12, 2008
the one who dont rate this a 5 or more is insane!!! check out my stuff
Giorgio Chronas
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Sierk van Terwisga
  January 11, 2008
I like the historical correctness of this MOC, and the immense level of detail. The swamp (and the people working in it) is great.
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  January 11, 2008
Lots of detail in a small footprint - very nice job. Lee.
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  January 11, 2008
beautiful, truly beautiful
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  January 10, 2008
I can't believe the willows - Totally blew me away! Nice job on a clean overall presentation... Good luck in the contest ( if it's still running )!
By Giorgio Chronas
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