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Gaeta Castle


Published on:  2018-03-12 09:33:00


The first castle structure was probably built high up on the promontory in the 10th century by a member of the Docibilis' family. The Normans were the first to make substantial alterations to the Docibilis castle, but just after them major buildings were added to the old core. These significant alterations were made in the Swabian period by Frederick II in 1227, in the Angevin period by Charles II of Anjou in 1289 and finally in the Aragonese period by Alfonso I of Aragon in 1436. Further changes were made by Charles V in the 16th century. By the end of the 16th century, little was left of the old Docibilis fortress, and today we can rightly speak of two castles, one Angevin and on Aragonese. The former, in a lower position, has a square layout with circular corner towers (it was later used as a prison); the latter, built by Alfonso I the Magnificent, was fortified on three sides by massive cylindrical towers, with a lower defensive extension. The King of Naples, Ladislaus the Magnanimous, stayed there from 1436 to 1442. In 1870, Giuseppe Mazzini was imprisoned there; it was later converted into a barracks.

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