Santapau Castle was first time documented in 1274, but it was fortified already in the Byzantine era. After the old castle was destroyed by Arabs, it was rebuilt during the age of Charles I of Anjou. It was destroyed by the massive earthquake in 1693, today some remains of towers and undeground structures remain.


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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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G F (5 months ago)
Piacevole visita,però mi aspettavo una cura maggiore per un luogo storicamente importante....
Jean claude Miano (12 months ago)
Panoramic view not to be missed
johaan yesudasan (2 years ago)
Historical place
johaan yesudasan (2 years ago)
Historical place
Marco La Terra (2 years ago)
The castle already existing in the Byzantine age is likely to have been destroyed during the Saracen invasion to be rebuilt centuries later in the Angevin age, acquiring the name of Castrum Licodiae. The fortress of considerable size and with a large city wall equipped with numerous towers (initially 6), was the seat of the most important families of the Middle Ages, including the Santapau and the Ruffo di Calabria. The ruins of the castle are totally abandoned. The ruins of the castle remain imposing with the towers of the outer walls but also the underground ones, still almost completely unexplored due to failed excavation campaigns. Definitely worth a visit, it's easy to imagine how majestic the activity inside the walls could be and how frenetic it was!
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