Porta Eburnea District

The green district par excellence, for vegetable and renowned gardens since ancient times

The Emblem

The “Magnifico Rione di Porta Eburnea” has as emblem an elephant carrying an ivory tower against a green background, symbol of the gardens of which the district, organized in big degrading terraces, was rich. Still today the toponymy confirms this condition: in this area you can find Via degli Orti (Green Garden Road) and Via del Giardino (Garden Road).
Facing South, in a city generally cold as Perugia, it had a really coveted position, prove the fact that this was the district where the noble families of the city were mainly residing, the Baglioni family first of all.

The History

It was unfortunately the main object of the urban upheaval suffered by the city, the first time during the half of the XVI Century with the construction of the Rocca Paolina, later by the end of the XIX Century with its partial demolition. The remains of the Rocca represent anyway the main monument of the district, together with the Etruscan arch “Porta della Mandorla”(Gate of the Almond), later modified during the XIV century: it is said that the Baglioni, before their military expeditions, they never failed to pass it as a propitiatory act for victory.
Within this district is one of the most imposing tract of the urban walls, the Etruscan ones and the Medieval on top of them, free from modern buildings and surrounded by ample green areas.

In the district you can admire the convent complex of Santa Giuliana, one of the richest religious buildings in the city, with a splendid cloister attributed to Matteo Gattaponi (1376) and which constitutes one of the highest examples of Cistercian architecture in Italy. Today the complex houses the prestigious Army School of Foreign Languages (SLEE) ​​.
Another “glory” of the district is the “Francesco Morlacchi” Music Conservatory, founded over two hundred years ago as a Music Institute and erected in the Conservatory in 1974:it houses a monumental concert organ (over six thousand pipes) considered among the best instruments existing today.
It borders with the district of Porta San Pietro and with that of Porta Santa Susanna; with these, it was included in the “parte di sotto” (lower part) team during the game of “Sassajola”(a violent training game consisting of throwing stones) against Porta Sole and Porta Sant’Angelo, “parte di sopra” or upper part.

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