|UNESCO #398 - Castel del Monte in Andria, Bari - ITALY|
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Castel del Monte - ITALY - UNESCO #398
Castles have always fascinated me and whenever I go abroad I don't mind taking a detour just to visit one of those magic places, living memories of a distant and very different past. I've visited probably hundreds in my life but, as far as I remember, I've never entered one with octagonal shaped walls like Castel del Monte in Andria - I really want to go there one day. Thank you very much Marica for this wonderful card (I'm glad you've chosen a aerial view - that way the shape of the walls is pretty clear), the 386th UNESCO WHS in my collection, only 595 to finish. This postcard took 5 days to arrive!
When the Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari in the 13th century, he imbued it with symbolic significance, as reflected in the location, the mathematical and astronomical precision of the layout and the perfectly regular shape. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Castel del Monte is a successful blend of elements from classical antiquity, the Islamic Orient and north European Cistercian Gothic.