Mussomeli Castle

Mussomeli, Italy

Mussomeli Castle is a magic and evocative palace where it is possible to enjoy a breathtaking view of the coastline. Built in 1370 by Manfredi Chiaramonte III, this Norman-Gothic castle stands in a strategic position overlooking the whole valley as it is on top of a high limestone crag almost 800 meters above sea level. 

The Mussomeli Castle has not undergone radical changes throughout its history therefore you can get a clear idea of the Sicilian gothic style. The ruins of a great past have been well preserved. The castle was built on 3 levels: the chapel (with the precious alabaster depicting the Madonna della Catena 1516), the aristocratic apartments and an underground. with large halls, dungeons and torture cells. Here you will find the ‘Prison of Death’ where the condemned were kept till they were lowered through a passageway door and drowned.

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Founded: 1370
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.sicily.co.uk

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Stephanie Barbagallo (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle ! It is amazing how structures like this were constructed where they are. We were able to walk through quickly in about 45 minutes but could have spent a little longer. Lots of stairs and not good if you are scared of heights. The view is the reward for the stair climb - definitely worth it if you are able :)
Andrea (2 years ago)
Fantastic place to visit. The guardian's wife (Giuseppina) gave us a tour even though she didn't have to. We were the only visitors so it was a wonderful private tour. A beautiful castle built into the rock, with many well preserved rooms. An impregnable fortress with amazing views. Part of the pleasure was the gorgeous landscape along the road to get to Mussomeli.
Cindy Sephus (2 years ago)
Came here and the lady at the ticket window said it was closed and I checked online and it said open at 2 came at 2:25 and the gate was locked. Wasted 2 hours waiting. Called and no answer or sign as to why.
Rosita Vassallo (3 years ago)
The castle is amazing, the way it is built and it's views. It has many original features and it is the most beautiful castle ever visited in Sicily. If you are in the whereabouts of Mussolmeli do visit. The guide provided us a very much information about the castle and it's legends.
Antonio Pereira (3 years ago)
it was very good ?
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