Si Trova: a Modica
Lat: 36° 51' 45.44440" N - Long: 14° 45' 43.67689" E
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Unfortunately, not much remains of the castle of Modica.
It is located in the center of the town, on a rocky spur overlooking two sides.
It has Norman origins; It was built as a rock fortification on a prehistoric necropolis and was destroyed by the earthquake of 1693 after having undergone numerous changes over the centuries.
The castle was the residence of the Counts of Modica, and for centuries represented the seat of the political power of the powerful county.
Among the illustrious guests boasts the kings of Sicily Frederick IV of Aragon, in 1366, and Martin I in 1401, when Bernardo Cabrera was count of Modica.
A tower, a stretch of embankment, the prisons and a mullioned window in a nineteenth-century structure remain.
Also visible are the remains of the church of St Cataldo, which was the Count's private chapel, and also three bell niches now walled up outside.
An ancient underground passage is viable.
At the end of the castle there is today the eighteenth-century Clock Tower, built on the remains of a watchtower.
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