Si Trova: a Francofonte
Lat: 37° 13' 51.34021" N - Long: 14° 52' 47.34251" E
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In the upper part of the town, you may not notice the presence of the Francofonte castle, as its medieval structures were leaning on the baroque ones of the town hall, following the earthquake of 1693.
Those of later periods are some circles and private homes.
It was built around the XIV century probably by Artale Alagona; in 1401 the castle hosted King Martin the Younger with all his followers.
From the following century until the 1693 earthquake, it was inhabited by the Gravina Cruyllas family.
The castle was mainly formed by a keep consisting of two large cylindrical towers connected at the bottom by a hall.
In the towers, on three floors, there were the baronial houses, served by a tower with a staircase.
The boundary wall was rectangular, and was equipped with four corner towers and four median towers.
Some remains of the walls are visible in the north, west and especially in the south.
The two ancient entrances are no longer visible as they were on the eastern side, where the town hall now stands.
At the center of the castle, remains of two towers are still visible.
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Church St Nicola
The most seventeenth-century façade in Sicily
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