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Castel del Monte

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Address: Andria, Italy
Phone Number: 0883569997
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Interesting geometric designed castle

this is an interesting Frederick II castle which is situated on a hill with great views to the coast in Puglia. The symmetry of design is somewhat unique for a structure built in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Georgetown South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

this is an interesting Frederick II castle which is situated on a hill with great views to the coast in Puglia. The symmetry of design is somewhat unique for a structure built in 1200, Definitely worth a visit if you are near Gravina Italy

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The castle was all built based on the number 8, or multiples of it. It is lovely to walk through, but the best part is the view. You are on top of a promontory and can view the spectacular valley below. Well worth the drive up.

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Amman, Jordan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

If you're driving a car in the southern part of Italy... It will be a wonderful idea of you stop there and admire the beauty of such a beautiful castle... It has a unique structure worth admiring

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West Hallam
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Not a lot more I can say really - this place needs to be visited if you are in the area. It stands out above the landscape, with its unusual octagonal design (something which is repeated inside as well), and holds a majestic power over the area. The history of the building was presented fairly well in an audio guide.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Castel del Monte is visible from miles away. It was meant to be! This in not a pure fortress, it is a symbol of power. It is not especially defensible. There were rings of more distant fortresses that saw to the defense. Castel del Monte was a kingly residence built in the 12th Century. It has none of the amenities... More 

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Tarquinia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Castel del Monte is one of those places (another I have been is the Thoronet Abbey in southern France) where you feel there is something "special". Some refer to ancient theories of energy flows. I do not know why, but the huge, octagonal castle will forever mark your life. Be sure to set aside at least 90 minutes for the... More 

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Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Very unusual architectural structure in a very lonely place. Definitely worth a visit if you are in this part of Italy.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I especially when there to check this UNESCO heritage but was really disappointed. This castle has nothing inside as described earlier by other reviewers. They displayed other contemporary artifact, sculptures that were totally unrelated to the site. Only ground level and second level can be visited and all the rooms look identical. This only thing that impressed me was the... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It would appear this location is held in high regard, being a "World Heritage Centre" but it left us feeling unimpressed. It appears to have been re-built and sanitized quite recently, leaving it with little atmosphere or character. For those of us not deeply versed in southern European history' it had no cachet. There was a display of 'modern' abstract... More 

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The castle both from without and within is scenically beautiful, and a nice stop for educational and picture purposes. That said, the castle is practically empty, explanatory information somewhat sparse, and there's simply not a lot going on here. If one can combine a castle visit with a stay and activities likely offered by nearby B&Bs and agriturismos, this would... More 

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