Castello dell'Emiro

Misilmeri, Italy

Castello dell'Emiro ('Castle of the Emir') was founded by emir Jafar II (998–1019). Today it lies in ruins.

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Founded: c. 1000 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Giovanni Vitrano (8 months ago)
Beautiful, good
francesco lo cicero (2 years ago)
Remains of ancient Islamic presences
zCroccolah_ (2 years ago)
Fair because it was not taken care of by the municipality of Misilmeri
Matteo Lombardo (2 years ago)
Put some in place can be visited to see a piece of stori6
Adele Farina (3 years ago)
The castle can be visited, you do not pay a ticket, you just have to be available to make a kind of outing. Too bad that after the restoration has been abandoned to himself, however, however, I recommend to visit it because it dates back to the year one thousand, and is part of the history of Sicily. There is a beautiful view from which I recommend eating a nice sandwich brought directly from home
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