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Castello Normanno-Svevo di Cosenza, Cosenza
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  • Renovated Castle and become the protagonist of a series of cultural events. Breathtaking view over the city of Cosenza.
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  • From a mass of ruins after many years are ritornsto is something exceptional Cortedia of employees clean toilets free shuttle to and from theatre (the Council)
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  • I had seen this Castle more than 20 years ago when it was a ruin when it was dangerous to go. Completely renovated is now truly enjoyable. The construction of this castle probably dates from the 937 a.d., when it was built a Fort at the top of the Hill Pancrazio, once occupied by the fortress by adding citations. Rebuilt and enlarged by the Normans, was destroyed by an earthquake in 1184. With the arrival of Frederick II the Castle returned to its former glory, taking important defensive function. With the Angevins (13th-15th century) with Louis III, Duke of Calabria and his wife Margherita di Savoia was princely residence, hosting also the Mint and a prison for politicians. It was later occupied by the Spanish in 1638 following an earthquake fell one of the octagonal towers and destroyed all the battlements. In 1700 the castle became the seat of a diocesan Seminary and with the Bourbons (19th century), was the site of a prison. In the last century, in ruins, it was restored, starting from 2008, by the municipality of Cosenza who bought it and turned it into a Museum and cultural space. You enter by the so-called Rivellino, meeting point which houses ticket office, bookshop and café bars. Leads then to the portico of the 18th century, with portal created for the seminar. We then move into various environments (the tanker Santa Barbara, the chimney room, courtyard and corridor angioino with medallion and coat of arms of France, the Armory, the throne room, the octagonal tower survived reminiscent of Castel del Monte and an enormous system of underground passages allowed people to go out of the Castle, the Belvedere terrace from which it embraces Cosenza with his two rivers , the Crati and Busento merging). We had a chance, thanks to friends, visiting the castle with an awesome Guide, a storyteller who in medieval costume, led us by the hand, in the rooms of the Castle, making us relive the splendour of past eras and, in particular, the period when Frederick II was in Cosenza (there passed definitely a weekend) and the time when one of the sons of Frederick was imprisoned here. The storyteller took, as he wanted, in a dimension where time and space have become wider and blurred contours. You pay a small entrance fee.
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  • Nice castle, interesting History, beautiful view on the city.
  • The Norman-Swabian Castle of Cosenza is the main monument of the city of the Bruzi, who sees him rise for centuries on one of the highest points of the city: the Hill Pancrazio. Its origins have not yet been clarified: its construction is usually attributed to the Byzantines around 937 on the ruins of an ancient fortress, to defend against Saracen incursions. In the year one thousand was occupied by the Arabs became home of the Caliph Saati Cayti. After the expulsion of the Arabs from the city, Roger II of Sicily in 1132, he reinforced the foundations and walls, making the Castle a real Norman stronghold. In 1184 as many other historical monuments of the city, was severely damaged by an earthquake, until its complete renovation in the 13th century by Frederick II of Swabia (hence its official name: Hohenstaufen). During the Angevin-aragonese conflict was used as a Mint for the production of coins, and was later transformed into a princely residence for Louis III of Anjou and his wife Margherita di Savoia, came to rule the province of Calabria. In 1459 King Alfonso II of Naples resided here until the Spain in the 16th century, he returned his military function, accounting for all the most important military fortress 1500 Northern Calabria. Its history is lost around the 1600, and being completely damaged by several earthquakes again fell into ruin. Cosenza's historic centre as seen from the Fort was retaken by the Bourbons that I used as a prison, and after the unification of Italy finally passed to the municipality of Cosenza who bought it at an auction. After its restoration in recent years the Castle has well preserved: the octagonal tower of the Swabian period, the coats of arms of the Angevin period engraved on the arches, which flow into the corridor ribbed Swabians said "cornflowers", the shield, the Dungeon and the inner courtyard. A last restoration work on the structure began in 2008 ended in 2015 making the structure again visitable via a bus made available for tourists, and that allows them to reach the Castle up on the Hill. (from wiki)
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  • Truly evocative, with an addition of glass to maintain and enhance the antique look of the place. Beautiful view from the terrace that allows a 360° view of the place. Recommended.
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  • The bar was poorly ran out
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  • Restored recently may be the ideal location for large events.
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