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Le Castella

What to see in Isola di Capo Rizzuto, Crotone, Calabria


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The Aragonese Castle of Le Castella is one of the most beautiful and famous in Southern Italy, a true cultural symbol of Calabria. Its origins date back to 204 BC, when the leader Hannibal took refuge in retreat. The fortress never hosted the nobility of the place, but served as a shelter for soldiers engaged against the attacks of invaders from the sea. It rests on foundations dating back to the Magno-Greek period and still today it is possible to note the different building phases superimposed on each other in different eras, Normans, Swabians, Byzantines, Angevins and Aragoneses that raised mighty castle defenses modeled according to the times on the Greek walls. .
The peculiarity of the castle is due to its position: perched on an island connected to the coast by a thin strip of land. Initially Le Castella was not the only castle in the area and the plural name indicates multiple fortifications.
The Aragonese Fortress, despite the various damages caused by atmospheric agents and violent storms, preserves an ancient village structure: the majestic cylindrical tower, divided into three floors and connected by a stone spiral staircase; the manor, around which rise imposing crenellated defense walls. Almost entirely restored, the castle is characterized by some rooms like the video room, the photo room and the "Sala Phrurion". Inside there are also the remains of a small church and a chapel.

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