APT Basilicata

APT Basilicata

Basilicata turistica

Melfi - The Castle

Info
Via Castello
Tel. 0972 238726 - Fax 0972 238726
Open: daily 9:00-20:00, on Mondays 14:00-20:00
Closed: on Monday mornings, on 25/12, 01/01 and 01/05
Admission: € 2.50 full ticket, € 1.25 discount ticket (ages 18-25), free for under 18 and over 65

In the XI century Guglielmo d’Altavilla had this Castle built on the ruins of a pre-existing castle. It certainly is one of the best known in the whole region.

Even today its imposing mass overlooks the town landscape. It was changed and an extension to it was built by Federico II, who in 1231 issued right there the ‘Costitutiones Melphitanae’, the first organic set of laws of the Middle Ages, with both penal and civil contents.

Since the XVI century, this Castle has become the manor house of the Doria family. It was also site of several Councils. During the Council convened by Papa Urbano II in 1089, he proclaimed the First Crusade to the Holy Land, against the Infidels, and introduced the commitment to celibacy for religious.

The Castle was originally built with a central part surrounded by a wall.

It has nowadays a polygonal shape with eight towers, three of which having a polygonal shape and five having a square shape. The West tower, called ‘baluardo del lione’ (the lion’s bastion), has a nest-shaped projection that, according to the legend, should be the nest of the Imperial Eagle of Federico II from Swabia.

Nowadays the Museo Nazionale del Melfese (Melfi National Museum) is based in the Castle.


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