Pilato Castle

Nus, Italy

Situated in the centre of Nus, Pilato castle was built by the lords of Nus in the 12th-13th century. Its owners abandoned it after a fire, preferring the castle on the hill (Nus Castle). The castle gets its name from the legend which claims that Pontius Pilate stopped there on his way to exile in Gaul. Today the ruins that survived the fire have been restored and are open to visitors: a ladder takes visitors up to the upper circle of the towers.



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Via Risorgimento 3, Nus, Italy
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Emilio M (3 years ago)
The Legend claims that Pilato was in a ancient 'mansio' Romana placed on a same place of current middle-age castle damaged by fire. Now refurbished for local events.
Anita Mifsud (3 years ago)
Great burgers. Beautiful ambiance
mahsa shayan (3 years ago)
Good place and chic , but food was not the best in the area.
Luca Tirnusciolo (4 years ago)
The name of the castle derives from a legend according to which the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate stayed there while on his way to Vienne, in Gaul, where he was exiled by Caligula. In reality, at the time in the village there was only a Roman mansio, but the imaginative support to support the legend was given by the discovery in 1846, reported by Édouard Aubert, of some ancient coins and Roman medals among the ruins of the castle of Pilate. In reality, the discovery of the coins probably diverted an earlier tradition: in fact, Pilate's passage through Nus was already mentioned in the seventeenth century by another historiographical work, which curiously wants Pilate to have stayed rather in the upper castle. It is a stronghold with a rectangular plan built by the Lords of Nus (Seigneurs de Nus) in the feudal period, of the building which consisted of four floors only the two hanging corner turrets and three of the thick perimeter walls in bare stone remain.
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