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Castel del Monte is a 13th century castle built by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II that is today recognised as a World Heritage Site. The castle is located in Andria in the Apulia region of Italy. It was built between 1240 and 1250. The castle is unusual in that it doesn't have a moat or drawbridge, indicating that defence might not have been a priority in its construction.


Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte
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Castel del Monte is a fusion of different elements from classical antiquity, Islamic Orient and north European Cistercian Gothic. The choice of location and its perfectly regular shape points to many symbolic significance derived from mathematical and astronomical calculations.

The number eight figures prominently in its dimensions. The castle is in the form of an octagonal prism. At each of its eight corners is an octagonal bastion. Each floor has 8 rooms. At the centre of the castle is an eight-sided courtyard. Emperor Frederick II is believed to have been inspired to build in this shape from the Dome of the Rock which he saw during the Crusale, or perhaps by the Palace Chapel of Aachen Cathedral.

Castel del Monte was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 20th session of the World Heritage Committee in Mérida, Mexico, on 2 - 7 December, 1996.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 41 5 5.3 E 16 16 15.4 in the communes of Andria and Corato
Inscription Year: 1996
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III
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