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Museo Civico Castello Ursino, Catania

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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3.9/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web
A massive castle in the center of Catania, Museo Civico Castello Ursino offers a medieval experience just feet from the sand-studded sea. Built around the year 1250 as one of the royal castles of Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily, it is one of the few buildings in Catania to have survived the earthquake of 1693. When first built, the castle held a strategic military position overlooking the sea on a cliff, but due to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, it is now 1 km (3,000 ft) inland. Inside, you can visit the Catania Civic Museum, which displays artwork and artifacts from the castle as well as the Catania area. These works represent the diverse influences throughout Sicilian history. See Museo Civico Castello Ursino and all Catania has to offer by arranging your trip with our Catania tourist route planner.
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  • The exhibition and the images were sometimes kept in a very scary and moving atmosphere. Pure excitement! Admission as a student cost 6 euro. In General, more modern & expressionist picture art was represented. On the first floor were also old oil paintings.
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  • We went to visit this castle with kids and our family' friends. The castle is set right in the middle of the city. The area is surrounded by beautiful gardens and further more there are plenty relevan...  read more »
  • The museum is in an old castle which adds to the experience. The collection is well presented and quite varied. I especially liked the statues. The museum is within walking distance of the main square...  read more »
  • Great castle which was on a peninsula surrounded by the sea, now firmly in the middle of the city due to volcanic activity. The yard was used as a prison and had the graffiti to show for it.
  • Nice museum when bored in the city
  • I hadn't done my research. I was hoping for a castle and its history but this is actually an art gallery in a castle! If you're looking for modern art I'm sure you will enjoy. If you're looking for a castle I'd steer clear!!
  • Great day for a visit
  • Wonderful art gallery in a castle!
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