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Castel del Monte

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Added on 26 Dec 2016,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 26 Dec 2016

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Type of sights

Castle/palace / World heritage site

 
 

Name and address

Castel del Monte

IT-76123 Andria

Geodetic coordinates

41.084739 16.270843

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Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte
Courtyard of the Castel del Monte
Courtyard of the Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte (Italian for "Castle of the Mountain"; Barese: Castídde d'u Monte) is a 13th-century citadel and castle situated on a hill in Andria Wikipedia Icon in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. It was built during the 1240s by the Emperor Frederick II, who had inherited the lands from his mother Constance of Sicily. In the 18th century, the castle's interior marbles and remaining furnishings were removed. It has neither a moat nor a drawbridge and some considered it never to have been intended as a defensive fortress; however, archaeological work has suggested that it originally had a curtain wall. Described by the Enciclopedia Italiana as "the most fascinating castle built by Frederick II", the site is protected as a World Heritage Site.

Castel del Monte is situated on a small hill close to the monastery of Santa Maria del Monte, at an altitude of 540 m. When the castle was built, the region was famously fertile with a plentiful supply of water and lush vegetation.

The castle's construction is mentioned in only one contemporary source, a document dating to 1240, in which the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II ordered the governor of Capitanata to finish some works in it. It was never finished and there is no proof that the emperor used it as a hunting lodge as commonly stated. It was later turned into a prison, used as a refuge during a plague, and finally fell into disrepair. It originally had marble walls and columns, but all were stripped by vandals or re-used in constructions nearby.

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Wikipedia contributors, 'Castel del Monte, Apulia', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 6 December 2016, 18:19 UTC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Castel_del_Monte,_Apulia&oldid=753356777> [accessed 6 December 2016]

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Hours of opening:

1st October - 31st March   9.00 - 18,30 (the ticket office closes at 18:00)

1st April - 30th September  10.15 - 19.45 (the ticket office closes at 19.15)

Closed on 25th December e 1st January.

Nearby cycle routes and tours

Route nameTypeDist. to route

Bourbon Cycle Route

Route

1,1 km

Added on 26 Dec 2016,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 26 Dec 2016