Lipari Castle

Lipari, Italy

The castle site in Lipari island has been populated for thousand years, but the current fortifications data mainly from the 16th century. The castle is surrounded by a long wall, built by the Spanish under Charles V domination around the mid-16th century.  The enter door leads to a gallery at exit, where an iron shutter was closed, and thanks to the existent trapdoors, boiling oils were poured. The first building to see is the Church of Santa Caterina, already dismissed, built between 16th and 18th centuries, with the cross nave. The castle has other religious structures; between them the Chiesa dell’Addolorata dating back to the 16th century, with a richly decorated Baroque façade; further there is the Chiesa dell’Immacolata built in 1747. In front of the Church of Santa Caterina two wide excavation ditches show the rests of huts dating back the Bronze Age and being a part of a Greek-Roman urban plant. Next to the excavations there is Concordato staircase, built in the 10th century to connect Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral to the urban center.

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Via Castello, Lipari, Italy
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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Alexandre Pilat (2 years ago)
Nice panorama over Lipari harbors and sea. Easy walk from Lipari Main Street through ruins and acropolis
Vinay Kumar (2 years ago)
It is an utter waste to visit this museum unless you are a geologist or a historian. You see a display of pots and pans, few utility items from prehistoric times, and remains of a church and cathedral. I would go as far to say that the entree should be free.
Vix N (3 years ago)
Beautiful place with well documented habitation periods and amazing history. Honestly a must see if you’re on the island.
Nimisha Rijil (3 years ago)
Beautiful island......
Wendy Taylor (3 years ago)
A little expensive for what it is, but it us worth a trip. Really beautiful views. Enjoy.
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