Plaque with the Coat of Arms of St. Giorgio, Genoa and the Lercari Family

Plaque with the coat of arms of San Giorgio, Genoa and the Lercari family

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Author/ School/ Dating:

Unknown, 1453

Technique and Dimensions:

Stone, 55 x 112 x 7 cm


Room 7 (inv. no. 3519)


Removal of the Port of Balaklava (already Cembalo), Crimea, 1855

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The Genoese had settled in Cembalo (Balaklava), on the Crimean coast, from at least 1344. The possession of the colony lasted, almost continuously, until the City’s fall in 1475. The plaque recalls that at the fall of Constantinople, new works of fortification were initiated which  would  come to define the appearance of the colony.
Mounted on one of the towers, the plaque was removed by the Italian Bersaglieri in 1855, during the Crimean War; General Alfonso La Marmora then donated it to Genoa.