Lat: 37° 49' 42.28519" N - Long: 15° 13' 38.81189" E
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Who visit the Calatabiano Castle has an incredible and unique emotion, as this place offers the past, present and future of a monument made alive again by the technology of the twenty-first century combined with the Arab and Norman architecture.
Already from the Catania-Messina motorway you can see the ancient fortress.
It was built by the Arabs, who gave it the name of Kalaat-al Bjan (castle of Biano) and was later remodeled by the Normans.
Due to its great military importance, Swabians and Aragonese brought defensive improvements to it.
Has particular interest the entrance portal, consisting of a pointed arch of sandstone and lava stone.
Entering, there is a courtyard with two cisterns on the right.
The walls have remains of battlements.
One of the most valuable and elegant areas of the castle is the Cruyllas Hall, symmetrically divided by a lava stone arch on which the Cruyllas coat of arms is located.
To the west, there is a chapel with an apse, at the center of which there is a loophole.
The higher area of the manor is reached through a portal decorated with artistically worked lava ashlars.
Going up through a ladder carved in the rock, you can access the keep formed by a rectangular central body bordered at the ends by two semicircular towers; this is the oldest area of the castle.
In the central part there is an opening that allowed the emergency exit on the steep slope of the mountain.
Rainwater were collected in 6 cisterns scattered throughout the internal area.
The castle has been renovated and become a popular destination for tourists.
The restructuring has led to the creation of cafes, pizzerias and conference rooms built inside the castle in a modern style but respectful of ancient vestiges.
To complete the charm of the whole context there is the marvelous view of the Alcantara river valley and the Taormina-Naxos binomial, which can also be admired from the modern lift installed to facilitate visitors' entry.
What happened in Sicily: 23 September
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