Castro Castle

Castro, Italy

The first documents testifying to the existence of a castle in Castro date back to the 13th century: a document of 1282 described it as having a strategic importance to protect the kingdom. It is quite sure that the castle was built on the ruins of a former Byzantine building, which protected the fortified Roman village. In 1480 it was destroyed and then rebuilt and strengthened  in 1572 by the Spanish viceroy.

On the north-western part, stand the thick walls of the Bastion of the buttress, with a single central room and fortified battlements. The Torre Cavaliera, the highest and most imposing one, is a three-story tower with three rooms, covered with barrel vault. The Torre Circolare, dating back to the Aragonese period, has three rooms with small windows and merlons with machicolation.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Place with a unique and breathtaking view. A glimpse of Castro little known within the walls of the Aragonese Castle.
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