Lat: 37° 34' 39.02192" N - Long: 13° 46' 17.52227" E
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The castle of Mussomeli is located on a magnificent cliff about 80 meters height, and is an important and dominant element of the landscape all around.
Its oldest parts are from the swabian period; it owes its extension to Manfredi III Chiaramonte who used it initially only for military purposes and later to host the court.
This beautiful castle is rich in decorative elements; it has six mullioned windows, magnificent pointed arch portals and two towers.
On the south and west sides it is steep, while on the north and east sides it is accessible from a road that climbs up the slope.
After crossing a drawbridge, you come to a first curtain of crenellated walls that contained the lodgings for the troops; beyond this, through a pointed door embellished by two coats of arms, you arrive at a second wall that fortifies the plateau where the castle stands, which has a gothic architecture.
On one of the ramparts are the stables, which had a capacity of about fifty horses.
A second portal, which crosses to reach the residential accommodation, is adorned with some crests of the families who owned the castle: the Castellar and the Del Campo.
To the north there are the chapel and the military lodgings, on the front entrance the crenellated walls and around it a few stone seats and a mullioned window.
To a triangular room with a slit window is linked to the legend of the three sisters of a lord of the castle who, having to leave for the war, had them walled up alive; the three sisters would then be found starving to death upon his return.
Another legend tells that the ghost of Guiscardo De La Portes, son of a rich Spanish merchant who came to Sicily in the 14th century, still wanders among the rooms of the Castle.
The vaulted fireplace room is supported by four octagonal pillars, then there is a passage that leads to a tower.
A portal leads to the chapel with a double cross vault, slits for light and traces of the altar.
In addition to the chapel, the so-called "Sala dei Baroni", also located in the inner enclosure, is very important.
The manor was inhabited by Frederick the Simple of Aragon, Guglielmo Raimondo Moncada, Giovanni Castellar, Giovanni Pietrapertusa, Federico Ventimiglia, the Campo family and Cesare Lanza.
From the highest part of the castle, despite the distance, with the favor of the weather, you can even admire the incredible majesty of the Etna volcano.
The Castle is open every day except Monday.
Summer timetable: 09: 00-12: 00 and 15: 00-18: 00.
Winter time: 9.30am-12am.
Free admission for children up to 7 years.
Up to 20 years 2.00 euros; from 21 to 65 years 4.00 euros; over 65 years 2.00 euros.
For contacts - Tourist Office 0934-961236; Castle ticket office: 0934-992009; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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