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Castel del Monte

Andria, Italy


Castel del Monte

Andria, Italy

The Castle

The most fascinating castle built by Frederick II  in Apulia. Castel del Monte is protected as a World Heritage Site from 1996.
Castel del Monte is well known for its octagonal shape. Eight octagonal towers are inserted on each of the eight corners. The wall curtains, built in the local calcareous stone, are marked by a string-course moulding. Eight windows with one light open on the lower floor, seven mullioned windows and only one three mullioned window, facing the city of Andria, on the upper one. The octagonal shaped, courtyard is characterized, as the whole building, by the chromatic contrast between the colours of the utilized materials: coral crushed stone, limestone and marbles. The slab representing a parade of knights and a fragment of an anthropomorphous figure are the only remains of the sculptures once making a fine show there. Frederick II and his court used to have a great care for their body according to the typical custom of the Arab culture, so beloved by the King. The sculpture set arises great interest and gives a significant evidence of the former decorative body, once characterized also by a wide chromatic range of the used materials: mosaic tesserae, glazed majolica tiles, glassy paste and wall paintings. At the end of the 1700 and on the first decades of the 1800 some local writers and historiographers could admire and describe the traces of some of them.

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Direzione Regionale Musei Puglia
Castel del Monte

Strada Statale 170 (Castel del Monte)
76123, Andria

Opening hours

    MON 9:30 - 19:30

    TUE 9:30 - 19:30

    WED 9:30 - 19:30

    THU 9:30 - 19:30

    FRI 9:30 - 19:30

    SAT 9:30 - 19:30

    SUN 9:30 - 19:30

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