Castelpagano Castle

Apricena, Italy

Castelpagano Castle has a quadrangular form of 150 metres of perimeter with a pentagonal tower and two circular towers. In the middle of the structure a well tank was used to collect rainwater.

The castle had been there since the beginning of the 11th century. Indeed, from the description of the borders of the abbey of San Giovanni de Lama drawn up to confirm the property by the Catapan Basil Bojannes, it is evident that Castelpagano bordered on the abbey. Later, Castelpagano can be found in 1095 with Guimondo as castellan on behalf of Henry, Count of the Gargano. In 1098 the Norman Richard succeeded Guimondo and assumed the role of castellan until 1106 when the Duke Roger Borsa defeated William I, the new Count of the Gargano and Lucera, who in 1101 succeeded Henry. Richard, William’s vassal, was substituted by Faruald, who got from the Duke the administration of Castelpagano, Monte Sant’Angelo, and Vieste.

In 1137, during the fight to control of the Duchy of Puglia between Roger II of Hauteville and Ranulf of Alife, the German Emperor Lothair II of Supplinburg (1060 – 1137), who came to Italy to support Ranulf, besieged Castelpagano, defended by the castellan Richard. At first, Castelpagano withstood the siege but, under the threat of razing the city and slaying its inhabitants, Richard surrendered to the attackers. Later, when Roger II reconquered the Duchy, Richard was arrested and blinded because of his surrender.

In the second half of the 12th century, Castelpagano became feud of two knights, administrated by Hugo filius Raynaldi filii Guillelmi, together with the hamlet of San Eleuterio, a village beneath Castelpagano and feud of three knights.According to iconographic sources, at the end of 15th century Castelpagano was in a state of abandonment.



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


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Giuseppe Notarangelo (2 years ago)
I did not know of the existence of this castle, I was intrigued by the history and legends of the place. We took advantage of a motorbike ride to visit it. Very scenic place that should be re-evaluated and more enhanced. Today it remains a fairly neglected ruin
Krish Kraft (2 years ago)
I often go there with my Kavasaki quad bike and every time I feel the same emotion when I see these ruins appear suddenly appearing after a bend. It is worth going there. You can also breathe fresh air and if you find a clear day you can see the northern part of the Capitanata plain, the lake of Lesina, the sea and the snow-covered Maiella. The view is therefore wonderful. Despite the reconstruction, the site always remains a ruin but the surrounding environment and the position of this castle offer a spectacular view. For fans there are 2 ways to reach it. The most beautiful and fascinating is the one that starts from Apricena towards Sannicandro Garganico and which after just about 3-4 km of asphalt turns into a dirt road of about 15 km (it takes at least an off-road vehicle). This joins 3 km from the destination to the alternative road which instead starts from San Marco in Lamis and goes to Sannicandro Garganico and which can be traveled with a normal car. After the joining of these 2 roads, the route becomes increasingly difficult, forcing those who have used a normal car from the second route to park 1km and a half earlier. A nice video with drone can be found on my Youtube channel "Krish Kraft".
Mario Lunghi (3 years ago)
Fantastic view over the plain. Too bad it is very little signposted and the road is quite demanding ... Off-road recommended. Interior of the uncultivated and abandoned site.
Lea Zicchino (5 years ago)
Beatifil evocative ruins and nice walk to get to the place. It’s like going back in time, once there you can imagine medieval soldiers and a world that was
F1tzy (6 years ago)
The place itself is a wreck, but it is free to enter and the walk there from the roadside parking was absolutely stunning. Wild flowers galore, fantasic views, horse's, cow's....... it is not for the unfit and the climb is quite steep in places and can be uneven.
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