Si Trova: in provincia di Siracusa
Lat: 37° 17' 8.478428" N - Long: 15° 11' 11.50551" E
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The Castle of Brucoli was built in the 1400s.
A small jewel of military art, it was born to monitoring and protecting the port and loader of the small village that stood at its feet.
The loader of Brucoli was one of the most important in the context of the commercial exchanges that took place at that time between Sicily, North Africa, Barcelona, Venice and other towns.
The castle was built by King John II of Aragon who gave it to Queen Giovanna.
This entrusted the task of building it to Giovanni Cabastida, Governor General of the Regional Chamber of Syracuse who had it in concession for three generations.
The fortress was built at the mouth of the canal port.
Originally the castle structure consisted of only the central square tower.
Next is the curtain wall of defense, of rectangular shape, at whose corners are four imposing circular towers.
Worthy of mention are the two sentry boxes, probably built in the 17th century.
Inside there were several rooms, such as the dwelling of the lord of the castle, the guesthouse, the armory, the kitchens, the stables and the prisons.
A part of the castle was used as a small church, the first in the village, and above the south-western tower two pillars were built to use as a bell tower.
Inside there was a room used as a burial place.
In the XVIII century the castle was used as a guard and sighting post with a military garrison employed by the nearby stronghold of Augusta.
The castle overlooks most of the Gulf of Catania and you can see a beautiful view of Mount Etna, almost always surmounted by a pinnacle of smoke.
Today the castle is in good condition despite the effects of time and can be visited.
What happened in Sicily: 23 September
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