Built by the Normans and redesigned over the centuries by the Swabian, Angevin and Aragonese Families, the Castle of Barletta is an eternal treasure  of history and culture. The different dominations that  occurred over time  left abundant traces  with architectural interventions, testifying of the important role played by building, which was not only a strategic and an urban pivotal point, but also a symbol of social and cultural wealth featured by this area and its communities. It was the Angiovins who turned it into a fortress, while the Aragonese, under the reign of Emperor Charles V, consolidated its defensive role additionally After the Norman period, Frederick II of Swabia, who most likely resided in the castle on several occasions, made important changes also transforming the fortress in a royal palace.

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 is the first example of Christianity in Barletta. Moreover, the castle preserves an alleged bust of the Emperor of Swabia in limestone, dating back to the 13th century.

1970 marked the beginning of the most recent restoration works with the construction of a Civic Museum, the Civic Library and, in 2002 the redevelopment of gardens dedicated to the Cervi Brothers, for visitors to see in this extraordinary site. The Castle of Barletta is now hosting various events, exhibitions and special programmes. Having preserved the charm of the past in every corner, it is now a place of incomparable charm and beauty.

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