Monday, January 07, 2013

Pittamiglio Castle in Las Flores

Humberto Pittamiglio was an engineer, constructor, Minister of Public Works and diplomat in the early and mid-20th century. He was also an alleged alchimist. He left a lot of unusual buildings, as this Castle in Las Flores, in route 71.

Pittamiglio Las Flores

It does look like an Art Deco version of a Middle Ages castle.

Pittamiglio Las Flores

The imposing castle has but a few rooms inside, full of interesting details. For instance, this wooden staircase:


Or this lamp, where the initials are those of the constructor himself:


A door full of symbols, including a hidden H (the Castle is full of symbols, it could well be a Dan Brown site for a novel)

Lion Door

The metal doors have those little doors inside, again with symbols and bars.

Metal door

One can imagine Mr. Pittamiglio opening this little door to look at a coming visitor. Maybe Francisco Piria, who was a close friend and also built a crazy castle, however on the other side of Piriapolis city. That is another place I must record here sometime.

Kudos to the Maldonado local government for having started restoration of this landmark. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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