Built by the Normans and redesigned over the centuries by the Svevi, Angioni and Aragonesi Families, the Castle of Barletta is an eternal treasure  of history and culture. The different dominations that have occurred over time have left abundant traces of their passage with architectural interventions, testifying the important role that played the overall structure, which not only was a strategic point  and an urban hinge, but also a symbol of socio-cultural wealth that characterises this territory and its population. After the Norman period, Frederick II of Svevia, who most likely resided in the castle on several occasions, made important changes also of a purely aesthetic type. It was the Angioini who turned it into a fortress, while the Aragonesi, under the reign of Emperor Charles V, consolidated further its defensive role, giving it its current appearance.

The castle houses the Sarcophagus of the Apostles, an extraordinary stone high-relief dating back to the period between the 3rd and the 4th centuries, which represents the first testimony of Christianity in Barletta. Moreover, the castle preserves an alleged bust of the Emperor of Svevia in limestone, dating back to the thirteenth century.

In 1970, the most recent restoration works began, and thanks to the construction of a Civic Museum, the Civic Library and, in 2002 the redevelopment of gardens dedicated to the Cervi Brothers, tourists can admire this extraordinary site. The Castle of Barletta is now theatre of various events, exhibitions and special programmes. Having preserved the charm of the past in every corner of the architecture, it is now a place of incomparable charm and beauty.

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