Reopens the Fortress of “Le Castella” of Isola Capo Rizzuto

Le Castella, Calabria, Italy – Monday, July 15, 2019, at the start of the preliminary operations for the reopening to the public of the fortress “Le Castella”, one of the most beautiful and most visited of Calabria, monumental complex of Isola Capo Rizzuto in the province of Crotone and cultural site of the Museum Pole of Calabria of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities.

The islet on which stands the fortress of “Le Castella” is located at the eastern end of the Gulf of Squillace, in an environmental context of significant natural value of the Marine Protected Area of Capo Rizzuto. Connected to the coast by a thin strip of land, it creates an evocative symbiosis between built architecture and natural architecture.
The original nucleus dates back to the Angevin age, to which the massive cylindrical tower can be traced, which today presents itself in its sixteenth-century definition dominating the fortress complex with its grandeur. The XIII century structure, built to defend the gulf of Capo Rizzuto, is part of the system of fortifications wanted by the Angevins. Towards the end of the fifteenth century, the fortress passed into the hands of Aragonese. Inside the fortress are characteristic remains of an urban agglomeration, a sort of small village with shops and the ruins of a church, called the Chapel of the Village, built in the Aragonese era.

The fortress can be visited free of charge from 16 July to 15 October (closed on Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with last admission at 7.30 p.m.


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