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Lat: 37° 16' 14.18833" N - Long: 14° 17' 21.12297" E
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Built in a place that is still difficult to reach today, the Garsiliato castle shows its fascinating ruins from the top of a position overlooking the river Gela.
The whole area of the hill has great archaeological interest, as a village once stood at the foot of the castle; but due to the difficulty of access, the area has not yet been investigated.
It seems that the castle and the village have Roman origins, probably the village was destroyed by the Saracens and the castle was rebuilt in the Norman period.
It was besieged and destroyed by William I following the revolt of the castellan Bartolomeo di Grassuliato, and it seems that in 1550 it was already abandoned, and in the 16th century the inhabitants of the village were transferred to nearby Mazzarino; precisely because of the birth of Mazarin the castle had lost its strategic importance.
From the remaining ruins it is not easy to imagine what the real plan of the castle was, and the vision remains fragmentary.
Here and there you can see the remains of walls with slits and quadrangular environments.
Among the remaining architectural elements, the most interesting is a corner shelf on which the vaults rested.
The historian G.Agnello attributed the visible remains to the Swabian era, when the castle was presumably renovated.
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