In the campaigns of Andria, nestled on the hill is the famous and legendary Castel del Monte. UNESCO World Heritage since 1996, the castle was built by Frederick II of Swabia around 1240. An essential element in the communication system of 'era, critics have always ruled out a military function for the absence of elements such as the moat and the drawbridge.
His destination was always the object of study, the luxury and refinement of the finishing kit architectural suggest a residential and representation reserved for a small circle close to 'Emperor.
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The son of Frederick II of Swabia, Manfredi wanted the 'building of this castle in the thirteenth century, at the foot of the Gargano, to defend the city of Manfredonia just created to accommodate residents of nearby Siponto become inhospitable due to the swamps and wars. During the Angevin took the quadrangular and complex installation and then be equipped, during the period aragonse, a second outer wall. Today the castle is home to the 'important National Archaeological Museum, open daily, accessible to wheelchair users full of exhibits illustrating the history of the' old territory Siponto and Gargano. It should be noted, for quality and uniqueness, the exhibition of the stele Daunian: rectangular slabs of limestone depicting
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A few kilometers from Lecce, near Vernole, charming and almost unknown, the small village of Acaya is one of the few examples of a fortified city come down to our days almost intact. For Acaya, called in antiquity Segine, Baron Alfonso, recognizing the strategic value of the place, in 1506, he promoted the reconstruction of the castle to protect the village and, after him, his son Gian Giacomo gave the same characters of the ideal city of Cinquecento also redesigning the 'whole development plan and strengthening the military defenses.
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In the center of the city of Lecce, on the border between the old town and the modern city, you will find the majestic Castle of Charles V a short walk from Piazza Sant 'Oronzo. Imposing in shape and all 'impact, the castle was remodeled and resized to' needs of various historical periods as evidenced by the two bodies concentric, of different ages, which characterize the main building. The structure, today, retains the trapezoidal shape with 4 majestic bastions spearhead. The main building dates from the twelfth century and the bastion square, said Square Tower, is probably Angevin era.
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