Aragonese Castle
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The castle in Piazza Armerina is located on the southern slope of Mira hill, south-west of the ancient medieval city center Also known as Castello Spinelli, it was built around the end of the 14th century at the behest of Martin I, King of Sicily. It is tied to the history of the Aragonese who led Sicily after the expulsion of the Anjou and in 1812 the manor was used as a prison. The facade marks the northern area of Piazza Castello, where there are numerous architecturally significant buildings. The southern and western fronts are inserted into the surrounding inhabited area; the eastern facade overlooks the slope of the hill dominating the village below. Similar to Frederican castles, it has a regular quadrilateral plan closed at the corners by massive square asymmetrical towers, and rests on a high base with slanting angular buttresses. The entrance faces south and preserves the remains of a small portal. The southern section has less depth than the western one and presents a series of rooms in succession, some of which are now uncovered.

 

 

Piazza Castello, Piazza Armerina (EN)

 

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! The castle in Piazza Armerina is located on the southern slope of Mira hill, south-west of the ancient medieval city center Also known as Castello Spinelli, it was built around the end of the 14th century at the behest of Martin I, King of Sicily. It is tied to the history of the Aragonese who led Sicily after the expulsion of the Anjou and in 1812 the manor was used as a prison. The facade marks the northern area of Piazza Castello, where there are numerous architecturally significant buildings. The southern and western fronts are inserted into the surrounding inhabited area; the eastern facade overlooks the slope of the hill dominating the village below. Similar to Frederican castles, it has a regular quadrilateral plan closed at the corners by massive square asymmetrical towers, and rests on a high base with slanting angular buttresses. The entrance faces south and preserves the remains of a small portal. The southern section has less depth than the western one and presents a series of rooms in succession, some of which are now uncovered.     Piazza Castello, Piazza Armerina (EN)    

 

 

 


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