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Not only concerned with aesthetics, Domenico Auditore, Ezio Auditore’s great-grandfather, designed his home to double as a fortress and training ground, looking out both the city that it protects and the Tuscan plains.
After a Florentine attack in 1320 left the façade damaged, the present façade was erected and a painting gallery was added to the interior.
Domenico was more than just an architect and warrior; he was also a skilled engineer. Recently discovered hidden compartments and rooms with mechanisms blocking entry are several unique features of the building that make it a technological marvel as well as an architectural one.