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Castel del Monte
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 13th century
Date of Inscription: 1996
Location: Europe, Italy, Puglia Region, Province of Bari, Communes of Andria and Corato
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Description: In the 13th century, Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari instilling it with symbolic importance, which is revealed in its location, the mathematical and astronomical accuracy of the layout and the flawlessly regular shape. Castel del Monte, a matchless example of medieval military architecture, is a triumphant fusion of elements from classical antiquity, the Islamic Orient and north European Cistercian Gothic. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Castel del Monte (Italian: Castle of the Mount) is a 13th century castle situated in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. It was built by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II some time between 1240 and 1250; it has been despoiled of its interior marbles and furnishings in subsequent centuries. It has neither a moat nor a drawbridge and may in fact never have been intended as a defensive fortress. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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