Si Trova: a Licodia Eubea
Lat: 37° 9' 15.52546" N - Long: 14° 41' 56.71035" E
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The earliest records about this castle, built on a hill dominating the territory below where a Byzantine fortress must have already risen, date back to 1272; in this year "castrum Licodiae" is in the list of castles of the royal property.
It is a defensive stronghold with an irregular plan that occupies the entire top of the hill.
It belonged to the Filangieri and the Santapau, wich maintained the castle and lands until 1610, when it passed to the Ruffo family.
But the castle was destroyed by the terrible earthquake of 1693, so it was abandoned.
Its remains testify to a grandiose past, and consist of sections of walls, which once were really mighty, with circular towers, two of which are better preserved, and underground rooms.
In the walls there are numerous holes arranged in a regular way; these were supports for the scaffolding during the construction phase.
From the castle you can enjoy a beautiful panorama.
You can freely visit the castle.
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