Castello Aragonese e Museo Archeologico Castro

Castello Aragonese e Museo Archeologico Castro

Castello Aragonese e Museo Archeologico Castro
4.5
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9:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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The MAR of Castro narrates a series of events taking place during various millenniums beginning from the most ancient Prehistory. The noble rooms of the Castle display today precious findings but in the following years the ongoing excavations will unearth more evidence from the Castro area. Thus, the Museum with its dynamic character can be considered an evolving Construction site ready to receive new artefacts that may help to complete fragmentary works. For example, the decorations in “Lecce stone” (a particular kind of limestone) represent the most ancient example of baroque style known today in ancient art. The MAR will function as the lungs of this territory: transferring to visitors with every breath the appeal and beauty of its Culture and its unique
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maryO2320BI
Greater Perth, Australia22 contributions
Couples
A well preserved castle and interesting museum with an engaged and very informative curator. It's quite a hike uphill well marked steps and alleyways but well worth the effort.
Hoping they find Athena's head soon!
Written September 22, 2022
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puf324
Lecce, Italy24 contributions
Friends
In this very well kept little museum on a great spot, you can meet the history of the greek colonies in western Puglia, the myth of the Troyan war and de greatest literature ever written: Vergilius.
Written March 14, 2019
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maltese632017
Norwich, UK1,131 contributions
Solo
It is set in a beautiful location towering above the bay on top of a giant cliff top surrounded by the ancient town of Castro which is perched around it. The view from the battlements is spectacular in every direction. The museum is small but fascinating roaming its way back through the sites incredible and ancient history. Occupied since stone age times it has artefacts which date back thousands and thousands of years, unearthed from the site.
The current Aragonese castle dates back to the 12th - 13th century and was built on the remains of the Byzantine fortress. In 1480 , following the looting of Otranto, the city was invaded by the Turks and the castle was semi-destroyed. It was rebuilt by the feudal Lords, the noble family of Gattinara and subsequently the Spanish viceroy of Naples Don Pedro de Toledo further strengthened its fortifications. The sight is supported by archeological evidence taken from the Greek, Roman, Norman, Ottoman and Aragonese periods!
Very friendly staff who are very keen to tell you the history of this magnificent landmark!
Written March 4, 2019
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Aussies11
Montelparo, Italy4,555 contributions
Friends
We joined a guided tour here which included commentary, a video, then walking through the Castello, the archeological displays and the rooftop. As the last discovery (torso of the goddess Athena) was made in 2015, it was very interesting to hear the lead up to the discovery and then to see the torso displayed in the museum. The guide Maria was very knowledgeable and patient with other visitors coming through while she was talking.
The Museum is small and the castle has had numerous conquerors who have of course modified and changed some of the interiors and exteriors. The panorama from the rooftop was fantastic, and the scale of the castle's domination can truly be appreciated from that vantage point.
Written December 25, 2017
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DavidRJohnston
Banbury, UK102 contributions
Couples
...will be famous to any familiar with Purcell or Homer's Iliad. This is where myth meets history. Really. 6th - 3rd century bc, Troy, etc. Written up in 1st century Bc, but the unearthing of a Persian dressed Athena here is profound. No tilted back Hoplite helmet (yet), but warrior goddess nonetheless. Aeneas landed here after Troy and before Dido, and the archaeological link between Homers myth and real history is profound in the nature of the hilltop temple set out here.

We found this place shut to all but the persistent. Guarded almost. Good historical presentations and a fantastic guide who opened more and more gems as we showed more understanding and interest. The small bronze after the impressive Leccese stone torso speaks volumes. Sure there's good Neolithic, Bronze age, etc too, but when you can hear the Iliad oars creak, why look further. The whole site is a secret gem, for now. The Spartans were here. And it shows.

The sacred site is special as the Athenian temple was overwritten by the Minervan, then Byzantine (remnants still visible) and now a warm working catholic church. This has none of the taint of Otranto's sacrifice remaining. Rarely do you find such continuity and warmth still in place so genuinely ancient. Two and a half thousand years, 'ancient'.

Yes. Off the beaten track; yes, worth it. Yes, the local ice cream is superb. But any student of the original Homer, has to see this. Doh!

The coast from Leuca to Otranto and especially Castelo is fantastic. Maybe a poor man's Amalfi, but worth it nonetheless. Cycle or hire a car for that alone.
Written September 13, 2018
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Nancy F
Potomac, MD111 contributions
Couples
They claim Aeneas visited here, and the archaeological presentation here is pretty great for a small town. A nice presentation of their recent Athena find. Worth a stop!
Written June 7, 2017
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Dear Nancy, thank you so much for your review. Have you a nice day .
Written June 8, 2017
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Shuki Y
3 contributions
Solo
Examplary local museum of local very unique and important finds of the Troyan heritage of Castro. Proffessional guided lnstructor. Remarkable.
Written August 23, 2019
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Irimie F
Budapest, Hungary110 contributions
Family
Maybe because works on field or other reasons but most of the castle parts was closed when I visited. Halls were almost empty only paintings (modern arts exhibition) and few old pictures.
I did visit many castles in the world but this one is very poor arranged.
However is very well maintained.
Written September 20, 2017
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SimplyFred
Shrewsbury, UK1,002 contributions
Couples
The walls and the scale of this castle can only be experienced forwalking across the roof. The views are also fabulous.
Written September 12, 2017
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dseacombe
London, UK34 contributions
Family
We spent a pleasant hour wandering around this very well preserved / restored castle before dinner. There are great views of the town and the coast line from the top, and an interesting museum within. Our visit was enhanced by the attentive and knowledgeable staff.
Written July 27, 2017
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  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sun - Sat 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM