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Lat: 38° 7' 20.03178" N - Long: 13° 22' 1.969672" E
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North of the port of Palermo is the Archaeological Park of Castellammare.
Until the early twentieth century the castle was the most important defensive bulwark of the port of Palermo, a sentinel of the town.
Built around the 9th century, it was once bathed by the sea on three sides.
It was restored in Norman times by Roberto il Guiscardo and by the Grand Count Ruggero, who also transformed the previous mosque into the church of St Giovanni Battista in Castellammare.
It was the residence of Federico II and Federico III.
In the 15th century further changes were made.
In the 16th century it was the occasional residence of the viceroys of Sicily, including Ettore Pignatelli and Ferrante I Gonzaga and was also for a short time the seat of the Inquisition Court.
The Bourbons equipped it with other fortifications, including the ramparts, but at that time it became the site of some anti-Bourbon initiatives, which then ended negatively with the revolt of 1718 and 1734.
It was later used as a military barracks until 1922.
In 1923, to reorganize the port, it was demolished by the fascist government with dynamite charges, the protests of those who understood the importance that the manor had played in the history of the town were vain.
Since 2006, excavation and restoration works have been carried out throughout the area of the architectural complex, bringing to light most of the wall structures of the original fortified complex.
A vast necropolis of muslim age was also discovered, also used in the Norman period.
The site today is home to concerts and events related to the territory of Palermo.
The Park is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 13:30; Tuesday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; admission costs 2 euros.
Every first Sunday of the month open from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm with free admission.
For info tel .: 091 7071411
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