Castello Svevo

Augusta, Italy

Castello Svevo ('Schwabian castle') was erected in 1232 when the older Norman watch tower was extended. It was built to protect Sicily from the coastal raids. The bastions were added in the 16th century. Today the castle is dilapidated and not open to public for security reasons.


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Founded: 1232
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Igor Ugainsterman (13 months ago)
Interesting place and beautiful!
Fabio Da Roit (14 months ago)
I hope its degradation is just a problem of money and not of good will. The only acceptable thing is the Spanish door on the street
Ryan Grether (20 months ago)
A beautiful structure, but even while closed, graffiti covers so much of the area.
Marioks (2 years ago)
Imbarazzante. Totalmente abbandonato, sembra uno scenario post apocalittico, la natura ha completamente sommerso tutto, quello che è rimasto visibile è stato barbaramente vandalizzato.
Barbara Bb (2 years ago)
It might be beautiful ... but it's in total abandonment ...
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