Si Trova: a Castellammare del Golfo
Lat: 38° 1' 50.54038" N - Long: 12° 52' 53.45457" E
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The well-known Arab geographer Al Idrisi described this castle as impregnable as it was built on a rock entirely surrounded by water.
An ancient moat separated it from the mainland, and access was possible only by crossing the ditch via a drawbridge.
The castle was built in the Arab period, it was called "al madarig", ie "the stairs".
It was extended by the Normans and the Swabians.
In 1316 it was destroyed by Frederick II of Aragon, later it was rebuilt.
The plant was polygonal, and was bastioned.
Of the four original towers, the only one that has survived to this day is a tower built in 1586.
The drawbridge was replaced with a masonry bridge.
The castle belonged to the powerful Peralta and Luna families; the sea lapped it until the late eighties.
The original medieval complex has been completely altered by subsequent reconstructions and transformations, especially from the modern era.
Inside a cylindrical tower, there is a remarkable spiral staircase.
Currently the castle is the seat of a delegation of the harbor office and the ethno-anthropological museum.
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