Lat: 37° 45' 57.62465" N - Long: 14° 21' 13.53022" E
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A unique castle all over Europe, with environments obtained by digging directly into the rock; to these, other joined in architectural structures flanking the wide cliff in all its height.
Its construction dates back to 1082.
At the entrance, which still preserves traces of the drawbridge, there is a famous Latin inscription carved on the arch "Quod Siculis placuit, only Sperlinga negavit" (what the Sicilians liked only Sperlinga denied it), whose meaning is linked to the events of the Sicilian Vespers: when the French, driven out of all Sicily, found the only shelter within the walls of Sperlinga castle.
In the east side of the castle there are two baronial halls, in one of which there is a fourteenth-century mullioned window considered today a national monument.
The stables, the prisons and the cisterns dug into the rock and the remains of a chimney are also spectacular.
On the opposite side of the esplanade, in the west side, there are the rooms of the small church, rebuilt on its ruins; those still destined to the residence of the owner's family, with floor and part of the perimeter walls made in the rock and the rest built, and finally a series of hypogeum environments.
Across a steep staircase totally carved in the rock it is possible to reach the tower of the castle that has still an original battlement, from which you can enjoy a suggestive panorama.
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