Cancellara Castle

Cancellara, Italy

The first document explicitly mentioning the Castle of Cancellara dates back to the 15th century. During that period, the feudal property belonged to King Ferdinand I of Naples, also known as Ferrante, and his son Frederick I of Naples. Before this date, some documents testify to the existence of the fiefdom and the settlement of Cancellara, although they do not explicitly refer to the castle.

The devastating earthquake of 1694 caused significant damage and left it in ruins. In 1806, it was partially used as a prison. In the following decades, the fortress, upon which it was built, suffered landslides, floods, and earthquakes.

The castle, constructed from limestone, spans three levels and consists of various buildings around two inner courtyards. The castle still retains architectural elements typical of medieval fortifications that evolved in response to social changes and housing needs. The original keep, likely built by the Normans, saw the addition of the castle/residence of the feudal lord during the 15th century. It was later transformed between the 16th and 18th centuries, first into a baronial palace, then divided, and finally repurposed as a prison, school, and private residence in the 19th and 20th centuries.


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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Patrizia Martinelli (11 months ago)
The castle is still under restoration and is impressive. The building can be dated back to the 14th century. Around the castle are old buildings, some abandoned. The village is decidedly suggestive and fascinating, especially at night.
Manuela Pizzileo (2 years ago)
It overlooks a really cute little village fully integrated into its historical past. Quaint and well maintained that could definitely be more valued. The castle is closed for restoration work. To visit the famous sausage festival.
Luc DeC (5 years ago)
Very impressive now under restoration
Antonio Santarsiero (6 years ago)
Beautiful airy and imposing square. From wherever you enter it seems to have arrived in an era before ... a film
Carlo Cardinale (7 years ago)
Very beautiful and evocative, the manor overlooks a beautiful town, fully integrated into its historical past. The restoration works are restoring beauty and natural color to the alleys. To visit absolutely well beyond the already famous sausage festival.
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