Castello Maniace

Syracuse, Italy

The Castello Maniace is a citadel and castle situated at the far point of the Ortygia island promontory, It bears the name of George Maniakes, the Byzantine general who besieged and took the city in 1038. Originally, one could only enter the castle over a bridge spanning a moat (now filled). A feature of the castle is the decorated portal. Today the castle is open to public and is a local tourist attraction in Syracuse.

The first fort was built here in 1038 by George Maniakes, a Greek general and later the Catepan of Italy, after he captured Syracuse from the Arabs on behalf of the Emperor Michael IV. Frederick II, as King of Sicily, had his architect Riccardo da Lentini rebuild it in 1232–1240. King Peter III of Aragon resided here with his family in 1288. From 1305 to 1536 the castle was used as residence by numerous queens of Sicily.

In the 15th century it was used as a prison. In the following century it was included in the fortification defending the harbour and the city. A huge explosion damaged it in 1704, after which it was renovated and adapted to the use of guns.

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Founded: 1232-1240
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Ognyan Ivanov (3 months ago)
Beautiful Fortress very solid built. Beautiful View to the coast and interesting architecture! The entry Ticket is only 4 Euro, so it is in every case worth seeing.
gaz wiggy (5 months ago)
Nice place to see but don't bother paying the 4 euros to get in as there's nothing to see and walls too high to see over for views of the sea
Pieter (5 months ago)
Nice castle. There is not much more to see than a lot of stones and a good view, but both are nonetheless breathtaking
Matt Graves (5 months ago)
Well worth a walk around and only 4 Euro to get in, kids under 18 free. There is not much in the way of information and not many artifacts on display but great views from the battlements.
Christopher Bowlby (6 months ago)
This was quite the simple yet unique castle. With it being a white stone it almost felt like it glowed. Not to long of a tour, but worth the look. Beautiful sites to be seen!
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