Si Trova: in provincia di Messina
Lat: 38° 13' 18.49264" N - Long: 15° 22' 28.72090" E
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The castle of Spadafora is the most important artistic and cultural heritage of Spadafora.
It was built at the end of the sixteenth century around a defensive tower by the Spadafora family to control the coasts.
The tower was probably enlarged or rebuilt in the early 1500s by the architect Camillo Camilliani.
Four imposing trapezoidal-shaped corner spurs are surrounded by battlements, in whose interspaces the artillery were placed.
In the angular ends of each spur stand the casemates, to protect the soldiers on guard.
The moat that surrounds it is still today surrounded by a robust boundary wall.
Between 1654 and 1670 were carried out renovations that most likely changed the architectural features of the castle with insertion of rooms, doors and windows, iron grates and balconies, and the rebuilding of the ramparts.
From the 18th century it was transformed into a noble residence.
Even today it is evident that the Castle has finally had a more residential use than defensive one; official sources note that in 1675 a group of French soldiers stormed it in just twenty-four hours.
Between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the last century it was used as a private residence by the Samonà family, descendants of Princess Alessandra Spadafora Colonna.
After the loss of the Castle by the Samonà family, the building was abandoned and was for years the victim of the negligence of the successive administrations.
It is currently owned by the Region.
It returned to new life after the restoration of the Superintendency of Cultural Heritage of Messina, and hosts numerous cultural events.
For info tel: 090 36894435.
Entry times: Every day from 9:00 to 19:00.
Sunday and holidays by reservation.
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