Castel Del Monte

A mysterious and unique shape

Tours stopping in Castel Del Monte

Castel del Monte is a medieval castle that overlooks the city of Andria at an altitude of 540m. It was built by the emperor Frederick II in the 13th century as part of his network of strategically placed defensive castles and residences.

Castel del Monte is famous for its mysterious and unique shape: it was built in an octagonal shape, with each of the eight corners sporting an octagonal tower.
The castle was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996, and it is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Southern Italy.

What makes Castel del Monte is its architecture: the castle is built in the shape of an octagon, with a diagonal size of 56 metres. The octagonal plan represents the intermediate figure between the square (the symbol of the earth) and the circle, representing the infinite sky.

The structure has two storeys, each with eight interconnected chambers. From the towers you get on the rooftop porch, cleared with stone pieces orchestrated in a herringbone design. The display see from these porches was an awesome key favorable position amid the Middle Ages, as should have been obvious foes drawing closer from miles away. Back then, the greater part of the rooms were beautified with valuable polychrome marble, mosaics, compositions and woven artworks, however tragically Castel del Monte has been ransacked by its fortunes by plunderers and vandals. The greater part of the entryways are still pleasantly enhanced with shaded marble, yet nothing stays of the stylistic theme that encouraged the eyes of Frederick II.