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Some thoughts on building models of all types and sizes

Some thoughts on building models of all types and sizes

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Bronze Town

A number of towns feature a model somewhere cast in bronze (or something similar) showing the layout and key buildings of their town. A longer article about this sort of model is forming in my mind but for now I'm just sharing two. One that caught my eye during our autumn 19 travels and the other on our 2020 trip.

This one is from Split in Croatia. It features the Roman palace of Diocletian. It is not especially detailed but gives a good feeling for the town layout.

The low octagonal tower in the centre of the picture is the tomb of Roman Emperor Diocletian who built the city as his retirement home! According to our guide he was the only emperor who ever abdicated - possibly as a defensive strategy against being assassinated. The taller tower is part of a later cathedral built over the top of the tomb - a fitting comeback apparently to an emperor renowned for his persecution of Christians.

I'm afraid I know nothing of the model maker or its history. If you do, please let us know by e-mailing  This is the address for any correspondence about this or any other article.

I left Split in two minds. On one hand it seems to be a remarkable example of a surviving Roman town with plenty of old walls, rooms and some dramatic cellars and a street plan with links back to the original. But on the other it is very unclear how much is actually surviving historic building and how much is a re-creation from the 20th century as a platform for an aggressive tourist industry.

The second model is of Jesi in Italy. One of the lesser known towns of Italy, I can heartily recommend it. This one is kept in a case inside the civic museum and looks as if it is made of plaster. It dates from 1936 and was restored in 2002. The modellers were Aristodemo Marini (1912-1993) and Stelvio Paoletti (1916-1959).

The city of Jesi at 1:200

Taking photos of items inside glass cases is often difficult and I apologise for the less than perfect pictures.

This article began as one of a series of blog posts from our Autumn 2019 travels.

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David, November 2019