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Castello Normanno-Svevo

Piazza dei Martiri, Bari, Italy
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Ranked #17 of 54 Attractions in Bari
Type: Ancient Ruins
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It was only 3 euros to get in. Others described a video which we missed, but we still enjoyed walking around and seeing the statues, etc. which were mostly reproductions but still interesting. It's an impressive structure and it looks like more restoration is in progress.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The building is very impressive from the outside. We did not visit the displays inside, but had a quick peek inside the walled courtyard - and it's beautiful inside too.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Better than the Palace des Papes in Avignon at a fraction of the cost. Super reproductions of church stone carvings and some interesting grave pits below floor level. The carved stone heads were riveting: you could still see the expression in their eyes.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

The Castello Svevo di Bari is a very well preserved castle and fort, complete with moat, right on the waterfront between the old city of Bari and the new port area. Built around 1132 it appears to be in amazing condition and is very accessable. Ongoing archiological excavation work shows that it was built on top of ealier settlements. What... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting this Norman-Swabian Castle which is the centerpiece of Bari, Italy. We love history and were intrigued by the tales we read about the castle's history of occupants including the Angevin period and disputed succession. It was interesting to hear how the castle was redesigned to accommodate the ladies' tastes. We found the sculptures to be very... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the palace hotel after a cruise and this was a short walk from the hotel. It made for some nice pictures, as it is a well preserved ruins. From here you can also see two cathedrals which are also close. We did not venture inside.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

It is indeed a landmark of the city. However, the best views & photo shoot are from the outside. You can also view the castle from the inside but there is very little to see: a couple of rooms with preserved remains from various part of Puglia and a video narrating the history. Unfortunately, there one can't climb up the... More

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Birmingham, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I really liked this place, but was frustrated by the lack of access to several areas. I guess we just need to be patient while excavations continue; meanwhile, there are some fascinating artefacts from the 12th-15th century and an informative display on the history of the castle, its origins and uses.

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Lausanne, CH
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The castle is very grand from the outside but is not worth visiting the inside. There is a kiosk in the beginning of the visit. It tells the history of the castle and is very long and boring. After just a few minutes my kids had had enough. There is nothing worth while to look at once inside. Either large... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We enjoyed spending about an hour here recently on a trip to Bari. As others have noted the castle museum is not too extensive but there is nonetheless a fair amount of information inside about its history. There is also a room full of modern plaster models of statues from Bari and elsewhere in Puglia, including ones from the Cathedral... More

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