Si Trova: in territorio di Alcamo
Lat: 38° 0' 53.98722" N - Long: 12° 59' 11.15680" E
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Viewing it from the highway, it almost seems to enter in it, so the road passes near the castle of Calatubo.
The man inhabited this rock already in prehistoric times; here are the remains of an elimo settlement and a necropolis.
The Arabs called this place "Kalata et tub", that is "earth of tufa", but we find the first historical records in 1093, when Count Roger defined the boundaries of the diocese of Mazara del Vallo including this castle.
In the Middle Ages the castle had an important strategic role, as, dominating the whole surrounding area, it was a middle point for the flow of information between the castles of Carini, Partinico and Castellammare del Golfo.
It belonged to Raimondo Peralta, but later lost its original function of military fortress; it became a farm and served for the agricultural administration of the fief of Calatubo.
It also belonged to the De Ballis family, who also added a small church and residential areas.
Despite the various transformations that took place over the centuries, the oldest part of the castle still shows its original feature of fortress.
The castle remained in good condition until the 1968 Belice earthquake; later a fire brought further damage to the structures.
In 2007 it was bought by the City of Alcamo, but is still in a state of neglect and is normally closed to visits due to issues of inability.
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