Lat: 37° 17' 52.44951" N - Long: 13° 47' 36.81695" E
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The castle of Naro arose in the fourteenth century, where there was a saracen fortress.
In 1324 Frederick II of Aragon stayed there, ordering its restoration.
In the square tower the Aragonese heraldic weapons were affixed.
In 1392, when the Chiaramonte family died out, King Martino assigned it to Raimondo Moncada; later it was assigned to Mazziotta of Alagona.
In 1398 King Martin stayed here with Queen Maria.
Later the powerful Count of Modica Bernardo Cabrera penetrated the castle treacherously, since Naro was loyal to the young Queen Bianca of Navarre, and after having killed Lop di Leone, he cut his body into pieces and also walled up in the castle an abbess.
Under King Philip III of Sicily, in about 1645, it became the property of the University of Naro, later it was used as a prison.
The castle has a rectangular plan.
In the east wall of the main tower there are ogival arched mullioned windows that illuminate the Prince's room, a large hall divided by a pointed arch on capitals and small columns.
In the lower level of the tower there is a large living room with corners used as prisons; in the basement, another hall.
Around the courtyard there were the stables and lodgings of the soldiers, in the middle a cistern.
You can still admire the pointed portal and the magnificent hall.
This castle too, like many others, has the story of a ghost: that of Giselda, who wanders on the terrace of the tower where her loved man was killed by her husband.
The castle was declared a national monument in 1912 and has been restored and used as a museum.
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The prison of Count Cabrera
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