Si Trova: a Castelbuono
Lat: 37° 56' 5.093590" N - Long: 14° 5' 18.52755" E
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In the northern end of the hill on which Castelbuono stands, there is the castle of the powerful medieval family of Ventimiglia.
It has a quadrangular plan, with 4 towers at the corners.
Three towers have a quadrilateral plant, one is circular.
The castle has on the outside a mixture of styles that in that period influenced all Sicilian architecture.
The cube volume recalls the arab style; the square corner towers echo the norman one; the round tower refers instead to the swabian military constructions.
What is now called the castle was actually the "palatium" located within a defensive walled perimeter of which there are some traces.
Inside the building there is a small central court.
A larger courtyard is outside, where the main entrance portal known as "Arco di Sant'Anna" is still perfectly visible.
The small central courtyard houses a fifteenth-century staircase that leads to the noble floor where the sumptuous seventeenth-century chapel of St Anna is located.
The first renovations date back to the 15th century when the relic of St Anna, later proclaimed patron of the town, was transferred to the castle.
The primitive court chapel was later turned into a warehouse and later into the theater.
Inside, the rich halls have carved and decorated coffered ceilings, entirely covered with stucco; depicting human figures, cherubs, angels, sacred and mythological floral elements.
In the stalls of the choir there are the half-busts of the Lords Ventimiglia and characters of the Old Testament.
The windows and portals are in gothic style.
The other rooms located on the various floors date back to different historical periods.
Now the castle is home to the Civic Museum.
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