Cosenza Castle

Cosenza, Italy

The Castello Svevo ('Swabian' or Hohenstaufen Castle) was originally built by the Saracens on the ruins of the ancient Rocca Brutia, around the year 1000. The castle was restored by Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, adding the octagonal tower to the original structure, in 1239. According to tradition, his son Henry lived in this castle, as a prisoner at his father's command. Louis III of Naples and Margaret of Savoy married in the castle and they both settled there in 1432.

All signs of the ancient Saracen structure have now disappeared. In the internal cloister, the modifications made by the Bourbons in order to convert it into a prison can also be seen. The entrance-hall is covered by ogival arches with engraved brackets. A wide corridor is dominated by some fleur-de-lis from the House of Anjou coat of arms. They are engraved on the ribbed Hohenstaufen arches.



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Founded: c. 1000 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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O. Bakhtina (2 years ago)
Nice place to visit. Beautiful castle and lots of history.
Mark De Backer (2 years ago)
What a spectacular view. Easy 10 min walk from the center up to the castle. Remarkable and historical location in Cosenza.
John DiMaggio (2 years ago)
Nothing special as far as castles go. Nice views of Cosenza though
Giosuè Josh Bennati (2 years ago)
Astonishing place! The guides are truly prepared and able to transmit their passion for the castle. Most definitely one of the best spots to visit in Calabria, strongly recommended!!
Felix “Lansamur” K. (3 years ago)
Good Guide around the castle, fair prices. Parking lots are available, you can also walk of course - steep climbs included. ;)
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