Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria Sights

Castello Svevo

  • Via del Castello Map It
  • Cosenza
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Crowning the Pancrazio hill above the old city, with views across to the Sila mountains, Castello Normanno-Svevo is largely in ruins, having suffered successive earthquakes and a lightning strike that ignited gunpowder stored within. The origins are lost to memory. It may have been built by the Byzantines or the Saracens. For a time it was the residence of the Arab Caliph Saati Cayti before he was ousted by the Normans. The castle takes its name from the great Swabian emperor Frederick II (1194–1250), who added two octagonal towers. The castle is now open to the public after an extensive, seven-year-long restoration.

Sight Information

Address:

Via del Castello, Colle Pancrazio, Cosenza, Calabria, 87100, Italy

Map It

Phone:

0984-1811234

Sight Details:

  • 4€
  • Closed Mon., and Tues.–Sun. 1–4:30

Published 06/07/2016

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