Castelbuono Castle

Castelbuono, Italy

The construction of the Castelbuono Castle began in 1316, by order of Count Francesco I of Ventimiglia, over the ruins of the ancient Byzantine town of Ypsigro, high on the San Pietro hill.

The castle mixes Arab-Norman features with others typical of the castles built during the Hohenstaufen rule of southern Italy: the cube shape recalls Arabic architecture; the square towers, although incorporated into those of the façade, reflect Norman architectural style, as also the battlements; and the round tower recalls aspects of Frederick II's times architecture.

The structure is on three floors, the first floor for the servants, with the essential services, the second for the nobility, with the sumptuous Cappella Palatina, and the third for the court and for guests.

The Cappella Palatina ('Palace Chapel') was built in 1683 by the brothers Giuseppe and Giacomo Serpotta, with a great profusion of precious marble, stuccowork, putti, and friezes that commemorate the most resplendent moments in the history of the House of Ventimiglia. Here is kept the holy relic of the skull of Saint Anne, in an urn that acts as the pedestal to the sculpted bust of Castelbuono's patron saint.

There are also the traditional underground dungeons and a tunnel that leads to the Church of San Francesco.

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Founded: 1316
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Joe Attard (3 months ago)
A well kept 14th century town not far away from the more known Cefalu. both the castle and village square are well surrounded by cafe's where one can enjoy the environment. When visiting, best is to locate the parking lot just below the castle. Worth a short visit when in the area.
Yasemin Can Sivaz (4 months ago)
Great City to see historic places. Benissimo
Katherine (4 months ago)
Lovely castle and town. About an hour from Palermo city. Castle has beautiful church inside together with historic artifacts. Placed on a small hill in a valley so nice views too.
Dica Blamo (12 months ago)
Beautiful town, delicious food and lovely people.
Bruno Zahra (13 months ago)
Castelbuono is a fantastic village which deserves a well note about its character and history.
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