Lat: 38° 1' 25.21092" N - Long: 15° 0' 39.88552" E
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The castle of Montalbano is one of the most harmonious works of the Sicilian Middle Ages.
It dominates an irregular and tortuous medieval urban fabric on a rocky promontory.
The small houses built in sandstone are full of history.
Built on Byzantine and Arab pre-existences, the Castle is constituted at the top by a Norman-Swabian fortress and at the bottom by the Swabian-Aragonese fortified palatium.
The upper part is closed at the end by two towers, one with a square plan, the other with a pentagonal plan.
The embattled masonry dates back to the Swabian period and represents the most important and best preserved defensive configuration "a saettiere" in Sicily.
The most extraordinary element of the entire castle is the royal chapel of the Byzantine era, which would guard the remains of Arnaldo da Villanova, one of the most important figures of his time.
After more than a century of decline, the castle was restored to its ancient beauty in 1980.
The Castle is now owned by the town and is used for exhibitions and conferences.
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