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  • Castle of Delia
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Lat: 37° 21' 31.61167" N - Long: 13° 54' 42.17132" E

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The castle of Delia already existed in 1300 as a place of rest and refreshment along the roads that connected the large centers already in Roman times.

It stands on a hill of limestone dominating the valley of the Delia stream.

The castle, called "castellaccio", had its present form under the dominion of the aragonese; it was the scene of historical events decisive for Sicily, linked to the war of the Vespers.

When it lost its strategic and military function, it became the home of the lords of Delia.

It belonged to the Lancias, Alagona, Chiaramonte, Pietro Mazza, Ortolani and Bernardo Lucchesi.

You enter there by a pointed archway; there are underground passages where traces of pavement can be seen.

Inside the portal there is a rock floor with a small vault, and in the rock in front of the entrance portal you can see several holes used for defense.

A stone staircase leads to a vaulted passageway which leads to the first floor of the rectangular tower, and to rooms that were covered.

On the tower, loopholes can be seen and upstairs there are four windows at the level of the main hall.

During the war of vespers, Giobbe and Roberto Martorana, family friends of the castellan of the time, fell in love with his wife and daughter of the lord of the castle, and not being reciprocated they killed the lord of the castle and raped the women, but an officer of the King of Sicily defended the castle and did justice.

Today it is owned by the Municipality and can be visited.


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