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CASTEL DEL MONTE ANDRIA
XIII Century
 Castles
 The Town   Other cultural assets in the town
via castel del monte - Andria (Bat)
Tel.: (+39)0883/569997 - 080/5286237
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On the 29th January 1240, Emperor Frederick II signed a decree ordering Richard of Montefuscolo, the governor of Capitanata, to prepare the necessary materials for the construction of a castle near the Church (since disappeared) of Sancta Maria de Monte.
At the time, the building would have already reached roof level and was therefore close to completion. The viewing and control functions over the region, which had been in place since the Suevian era, were reinforced with the intervention of King Manfred, who reigned from 1277: this marked the beginning of Castel del Monte forming part of a communication system, including its use for visual communication, which was therefore confirmed and elaborated.
In the years that followed the castle was mostly used as a jail. In 1495 Ferdinand of Aragon stayed there before being crowned King of the Two Sicilies in Barletta. It was linked to the dukedom of Andria, it belonged to Consalvo of Cordova and from 1552 it was owned by the Carafa, Counts of Ruvo. It became the refuge of many noble families in Andria during the plague of 1656.
It was uninhabited up to the XVIII century and was systematically ravaged. It was stripped of any marble and furniture and became a shelter for shepherds, bandits and political refugees. Before the castle became a complete ruin, frequent scientific restoration work began in 1876. It continued up to more recent times with work carried out in the Eighties.
 
 
  EXCURSIONS, THE AREA AND ITS HISTORY
Castles and cathedrals
The Area

Taking a stroll in Puglia Imperiale
Cultural-Historical Excursion

Itinerary of flavours on the Roads of Wine and Oil
Food and Wine Tour

The Normans, the Swabians, the Angevins, the Aragonese
History

The prehistoric archaeology of the landscape
Archaeological Excursion

The Murge
Naturalistic Excursion

 
  RECOMMENDED DURATION:  
  1 Hour and 15 Minutes   
  DAYS AND TIMETABLES:  
Open every day

From March To September:
10.15/ 19.45

From October To February:
09.00 / 18.30

  ENTRANCE TICKET:  
€ 5,00 Standard ticket

€ 2,50 Reduced ticket

AVAILABLE SERVICES:

Parking Area
Bookshop / Gift shop
Café / Restaurant
Front Office
Public Restrooms
Guided Tours
   
 
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Puglia Imperiale – Sede: Corso Cavour, 23 - Corato (BA) Italy
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