Si Trova: ad Augusta
Lat: 37° 14' 5.672805" N - Long: 15° 13' 15.05825" E
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The history of the Augusta Castle is fascinating.
In 1229 Frederick II of Swabia gave instructions to build a town that would later be called Augusta and decided to build the castle in a dominant position over the whole gulf.
Augusta became one of the most fortified ports in the Mediterranean.
The castle of Augusta was built in conjunction with those of Syracuse and Catania by the architect Riccardo da Lentini.
It was here that Queen Maria was taken after her abduction from the Ursino castle in Catania.
By an architectural point of view it is a typical Swabian castle, with square structure, today in a state of conservation unfortunately not optimal, and is one of the major Swabian architectural giants.
It includes four square towers at its vertices and two surviving polygonal towers among those that originally stood along the sides.
The castle has particular interest to scholars of swabian architecture also for its foundations; in fact for its construction must have been carried out imposing work of leveling, as the rock on which it rests, in the northeast corner had a level much lower than that of the rest of the castle.
Despite the not optimal state of preservation, due to its use as a penitentiary for a long period, until the end of the twentieth century, the castle of Augusta retains all its historical and architectural importance.
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