Santa Lucia del Mela Castle

Santa Lucia del Mela, Italy

The peak of Santa Lucia del Mela was an important military outpost. On the remains of the former city walls the Byzantines built a fort, subsequently rebuilt by the Arabs between 837 and 851. Frederick II of Aragon fortified the town with walls and renovated its castle. The castle was left to decay in the 17th century, but has been restored later.


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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Antonino Parisi (3 months ago)
Scenic place definitely worth visiting
mdrifat khan (6 months ago)
is a good place
Francesco Valant (9 months ago)
The castle is very nice. From there it is possible to see the 360-degree panorama which is very suggestive especially at sunset. The village is a bit mistreated but this is something that often happens to inland villages.
Anna (12 months ago)
Visited in the evening, obviously I didn't go in but it's already beautiful from the outside, on May 1st there was a very thick fog, it seemed surreal, I recommend going there in the evening to relive my own experience, really beautiful
Wojciech Nosarzewski (2 years ago)
sanctuario was CLOSED?
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