Mesagne Castle

Mesagne, Italy

Mesagne Castle probably dates back to the 11th century, but the royal fortress we see today was designed and built by renowned military leader Giovanni Antonio Orsini del Balzo in 1430. Since then, alterations have been made but there are traces of its use as a fortress.

The castle consists of two main parts: the oldest one is the quadrangular tower which has three floors, the other includes the rooms on the ground and first floor, connected to the tower through a rectangular room with barrel vaults. In the internal courtyard one can admire the portals with bossage and round arches, which lead to the roof garden.

Today Mesagne castle includes  an archaeological museum and events auditorium.

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Via Castello 5, Mesagne, Italy
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Founded: 1430
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.viaggiareinpuglia.it

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Mary Hanson (5 months ago)
Spectacular Christmas lights.
Vito bio (10 months ago)
Great!
raffaele doria (2 years ago)
Top in city center
Guglielmo La Regina (2 years ago)
Beautiful Castle, with archeological musueum inside
Kenneth O'Keefe (3 years ago)
Beautiful town lively in the evenings
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