Branzoll Castle

Chiusa, Italy

Branzoll Castle was built around the year 1250 by the Lords of Sabiona. Between 1465 and 1671, it was the site of the Prince-Bishop's court judge. In 1671, it was destroyed in a fire. In 1895, reconstruction began. While the castle-keep still contains parts of the former fortress, the residential tract is completely new. The view from the church square of the buildings on both sides and the castle looming over it all is among the architecturally most breathtaking sights the city has to offer.


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Salita Sabiona 2, Chiusa, Italy
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Founded: 1250
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Duga 3 (2 years ago)
Suggestiva camminata per goungervi. Bellissimo panorama in edificio storico.
Annamaria Negrisolo (2 years ago)
Bel castello in uno dei più pittoreschi borghi d'Italia.
Terry Aires (2 years ago)
Bellissimo Borgo Chiusa, i suoi mercatini medioevale sono bellissimi e sembra di essere in una altra epoca.
roberto borsaro (2 years ago)
Bellissimo e suggestivo visto dall'esterno. Purtroppo quando siamo andati noi era chiuso e non so se sia visitabile.
Janka Piskulova (3 years ago)
Die Burg Branzoll befindet sich zwar in privatem Besitz aber man kann diese Burg manchmal Dank des Kulturgütervereins Klausen besichtigen. Sehr schön renovierte und gepflegte Burg. Hrad Branzoll je síce v privátnom vlastníctve, ale vďaka Združeniu kultúrnych pamiatok mestečka Klausen je niekedy možné tento hrad navštíviť. Veľmi pekne zrekonštruovaný a udržiavaný hrad. Il castello Branzoll si trova in possesso privato ma grazie l'associazione dei beni culturali si può visitare qualche volta. È un castello ben rinnovato e curato.
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