Si Trova: a Gagliano Castelferrato
Lat: 37° 42' 45.14793" N - Long: 14° 32' 13.41801" E
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It seems that the origin of the Gagliano castle dates back to the Arab era in Sicily.
It is one of the most striking castles, with a unique, almost primitive charm.
It has an irregular plan and environments created on different heights digging in the living rock.
It has a complex system of three cliffs overlapsed, which at the highest point reached 780 meters in height.
It was called "iron", hence the name attributed to the town "Gagliano Castelferrato".
The castle has a large door, called "Porta Falsa", which constituted a trap for enemies.
The complex included five towers, twelve pits and cisterns, seventeen caverns, and thirty rooms, most of them sunken in the rock.
The central body of the castle is located in the above area.
One of the most interesting parts of the castle is certainly a staircase entirely carved into the rock.
The underground rooms are still equipped with ventilation and lighting channels.
In the Norman age this castle belonged to the Perollo family.
He gained notoriety when he was chosen by Frederick II as a place for his rest and for a period of more than ten years he turned into a sumptuous residence.
What happened in Sicily: 23 September
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