Pagazzano Castle

Pagazzano, Italy

The Castello Visconteo di Pagazzano is a moated, late-medieval castle which originates from the 11th century. It was burned down and 200 inhabitants were killed in a battle in 1353. The castle and the territory of Gera d’Adda, including Pagazzano, was inherited in 1354 by Bernabò Visconti. The territory was disputed over the centuries by surrounding ruling forces, and various Visconti descendants. In the 19th century, the castle was owned by the Crivelli family until 1968 when it was bought by a private initiative, and sold to the Comune di Pagazzano in the year 2000.

The structure has been built with bricks and is rectangular in shape.  The southern part has lost the towers at the south-east and south-west corners.  In 1553 Galeazzo Visconti ordered the integration of  the mansion into the castle.  The drawbridge still exists and is used as pedestrian passage, the castle is also surrounded by a moat full of water. The drawbridge is on the northern side and is about 4 metres long, it still works today.  The main entrance is also here, situated in the majestic central tower. The defensive use of this central tower depended on a system of battlements. Along the walls there is a look out tower where a bell rang, so the people could take refuge inside the walls in case of danger. The oldest part includes huge rooms and the dungeons.


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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Lorella Invernizzi (16 months ago)
Marco Cigna (17 months ago)
A piece of Middle Ages perfectly preserved. Awesome.
Ellis Macaluso (17 months ago)
Went for a Larp. Excellent location
Edoardo Alberti (2 years ago)
We visited the place for a Christmas event, so it was particularly lively. But we found a nice and hosting welcoming from the local organization,far from being a simple exposition..
Amilcare Signorelli (3 years ago)
Castello Visconteo
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