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Castel del Monte

Andria, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Andria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
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Stockholm
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We have seen articles about this place for dome time and was very curios about the place. A mystery story and background and it looked amazing as well all that was fulfilled, very nice, some sort of blend between the Arab world and the Western. Vary nice building, interesting, nice spot st stop at.

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München
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Great historic site in the south east of Italy. After a short drive through olive trees you'll find a medieval castle on a small hill. It's definitely worth a visit!

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Edinburgh
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The Castel is a world heritage site so very well maintained (now). Its isolation on top of a hill with a panoramic view around what feels like the whole of Apulia is just delightful. As is the lack of buildings surrounding the castle. It's 'host' hill is just meadow and grassland. Lovely for quiet contemplation as well being able to... More

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Callington, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This castle is recognised as being unique, which is why it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Possibly unique for two reasons. Firstly, it is a castle with no military purpose. Certainly, it has thick, imposing walls, but lacking the usual defensive structures. No moat or draw bridge and with a main entrance resembling that of a temple... More

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London, United Kingdom
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128 reviews 128 reviews
16 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

As usual in Italy, attractions close at the drop of a hat. I went to the trouble to check the website for openings and there was no notice that they would be closed. Staff were typically unhelpful and just shrugged their shoulders.

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Rancho Mirage, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I enjoyed this 13th century castle that is, indeed, odd shaped. It is quite impressive sitting on top of a hill. Not the usual castle, this one is octagonal and built out a light color stone. The interior architecture is quite interesting even though the interior spaces are empty. It is clean and well kept and I enjoyed visiting this... More

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Farnborough, Hampshire
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95 reviews 95 reviews
58 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This impressive circa 1250 castle is odd. It appears to have been built to make a statement, not as a normal defensive castle. All the same it is quite a sight. It has been restored on the outside but inside it is mainly empty, but clean, as it was stripped almost bare. Now a UNESCO sight. Worth a visit but... More

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Melbourne
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We saw the castle from afar. It is a strange octagonal shape and restored well. There were confusing parking requirements where we were directed to park in a camping ground and take a shuttle to the start of the walk to the castle entrance. Inside were English explanations in most areas. The building has significance architecturally and spiritually - appearing... More

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Brugge, Belgium
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157 reviews 157 reviews
24 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

In may, we have visited Puglia with public transport. When we were staying in Barletta, we decided to go to Castel del Monte, with public transport too. So we took the train ,Ferrovie del Nord Barese, to the town of Andria, just 12 minutes by train away from Barletta. In the trainstation of Andria, you can ask the timetable for... More

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Jerusalem
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74 reviews 74 reviews
54 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The Castle del Monte was built on a promontory by the Emperor Frederick around 1240. In the 18th century the Castle's interior marbles and furnishes were removed. Today it is possible to get an idea of the fascinating castle with a unique geometric design. The fortress is an octagonal prism with an octagonal tower at each corner. It is good... More

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