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Torre degli Embriaci, Genoa

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Built in the twelfth century in the area of the powerful Embriaci family residences, this is the only city tower to have escaped the height reduction enforced by a community law in 1296 to abate the arrogance of the aristocratic families, expressed through ever higher towers. In memory of Guilgielmo Embriaco, known as "Hammer head", the hero of the First Crusade, the Republic conceded to his descendants the honour of conserving 80 hands over the regulated height for a tower, and a stone can still be seen today at the base of the tower confirming the mayor's concession. The tower, right next to the Palazzo Brignole Sale, is made in ashlar-work stone, and is hardly even crumbling. In 1923, the upper part was treated to a period of restoration, and the topmost stones were replaced with tiles. Not open to the public (private residence).