Monopoli Castle

Monopoli, Italy

The Castle of Monopoli, surrounded by the sea and located on a peninsula, was built first as a stronghold and later changed into noble house. It was originally built as part of coastal strongholds by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and later fortified by the Angevins. In 1552 it was once again reinforced by the viceroy Don Pedro de Toledo, at the behest of Charles V. Other important changes were made in 1660, by the Duke of Atri Giovanni Geronimo Acquaviva.

The present appearance dates back to 1660, when the huge cylindrical keep was added, from which it is possible to enter. On the upper part, there are large holes for the cannons, a sign of the original function to protect the town, while the right part, towards the town, appears to be more refined after the works of the 17th century, when it started to be used as house.The castle, reshaped several times over the centuries and used as prison during the first years of the 20th century, was restructured around 1976 and nowadays houses the Archaeological Museum of the Town.





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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Kornél MAGYAR (12 months ago)
Amazing place, with typical local atmosphere, particularly during the weekends.
Karol D (2 years ago)
Great coffee and pastries ?
Irfan Khan (2 years ago)
Its was amazing experience to explored monopoli old Town and castle
Anna Tu Nguyen (2 years ago)
A beautiful spot for sunset and enjoy some attractions exhibitions
Bruno Cava (2 years ago)
Do not respect covid-19 precautions. The guide does not alert about the restrictions and so some people seem to give themselves the freedom to put off masks and even cough inside the inner chambers. And when you complain, you are the problem. Should not be open in this conditions.
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