Castel del Monte, Apulia

Castel Del Monte, Apulia

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Castel del Monte, Apulia

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Castel del Monte () is a 13th-century castle situated in Andria in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. It was built by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II some time between 1240 and 1250; it has been despoiled of its interior marbles and furnishings in subsequent centuries. It has neither a moat nor a drawbridge and might in fact never have been intended as a defensive fortress. Described by the Enciclopedia Italiana as "the most fascinating castle built by Frederick II", the site is protected as a World Heritage Site.

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Castel del Monte is situated on a small hill close to the monastery of Santa Maria del Monte, at an altitude of 540 m. It lies in the comune of Andria, occupying the site of an earlier fortress of which no structural remains exist.

The castle's construction is mentioned in only one contemporary source, a document dating to 1240, in which Frederick ordered the governor of Capitanata to finish some works in it. It was later turned into a prison, used as a refuge during a plague, and finally fell into disrepair....
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