Caccuri, S Severina, Le Castella The manor has medieval origins, probably built in the sixth century. A.D. by the Byzantines as a defense garrison guarding the Neto river valley; in the following centuries the castle lost its military function and became a noble residence of prestigious families (Ruffo, Cavalcanti, Barraco). Built on a rocky outcrop, has a structure on the performance articulate, trapezoidal, circumscribed by the curtain wall that separates it from the town and in which, to the east, there is the entrance with a drawbridge. On the opposite side, the imposing walls converge on one tower, giving the castle its unique and unmistakable shape. From the beautiful roof garden and from the tower you can admire a breathtaking panorama over the Marquis, with the sea at the horizon. To reconfigure the building were undoubtedly the Cavalcanti who acquired it in 1651. In this period you have to climb the stone portals and probably the architectural definition of the system, which shows obvious references to the types of the mansions of the eighteenth century. Cavalcanti period are the painted wooden ceilings and the Palatine Chapel, set around 1669 and has since remained intact even in the furnishings. However if Cavalcanti defined the building installation also Barraco left important works, transforming the castle into a comfortable residence and high-tech; among these to be significant is undoubtedly the aqueduct tower designed by Adolfo Mastrigli in 1885, an original construction that not only acts as a water tower but also as a belvedere. Particularly precious is the internal courtyard and the monumental staircase with two flights that enter on the landing which gives access to the various wings of the main floor. Santa Severina The castle Its construction dates back to the Normans (XI century) on a pre-existing fortifications from the Byzantine period. The Byzantine construction is known as oppidum and is attested by Erchemperto of Benevento literally as “oppidum beatae Severinae”. After 1076, on its ruins, Robert Guiscard built a dungeon whose traces have been highlighted during the restoration work. A direct historical evidence is discoverable in the chronicle of Monte Cassino while Amato, always in the same context, indirect evidence consists of a chartula of 1130, published by the Trinchera, in which the military building is defined as “Rocca” which, as is known, it is a term of Scandinavian origin. In the period following the construction of the castle, is attested, in Santa Severina, the presence of Roger II, as is announced from Ughelli and how is equally detectable in Urkunden und Kanzlei Rogers II König von Sizilien which are also included in the “Akademie der Abhandlungen der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen “. In the Swabian period, the castle of Santa Severina was called Johannes de Ladda. This news is detectable in a document published by Walter Holtzmann appeared in “Quellen und Forschungen aus Italienischen Archiven ud Bibliotheken”. Throughout the ages and passages from various ruling families, it has undergone several changes. It is assumed that the area where it was built the castle already occupied in the Greek period, as the supposition by some excavations carried out during the restoration. Of particular interest are the remains of a Byzantine church (with frescoed walls) and a necropolis of the same historical period. baptistery Is the only Byzantine baptistery has survived to this day still substantially intact. The architecture of this gem comes from a central plan buildings that are referred to in the mausoleum of Santa Costanza in Rome. The Byzantine baptistery has, in fact, a circular shape with four appendages, with frescoes from the X-XII century Cathedral The cathedral (Co-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Crotone-Santa Severina) has a Latin cross with three naves. Dating back to the thirteenth century, also it has undergone several changes during its history, so much so that the old structure remained only the portal, but the most significant was that of the seventeenth century. St. Nicholas and Holy Bridge In 2010 the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Calabria has unearthed a large section of rock town, with many homes in the grotto, and a church (with underground room below) already signaled by Paolo Orsi. The Monastery of Our Lady After 1100 was built in the hamlet of Altilia the Marian shrine of reference of Calabria. Originally supported by the Normans, it was placed under the direct tutelage of the Emperor Frederick II of Swabia. In relation to what is reported by Ferdinand Ughelli, in Santa Severina, at the end of May 1099, Roger Borsa, son of Robert Guiscard, confirmed to the bishop Polychronius possession of Calabromaria monastery. The same bishop, always in Santa Severina, Le Castella is a hamlet of Isola di Capo Rizzuto, the residents called I Casteddi, in the province of Crotone. It is located on the Ionian coast of Calabria, 10 km from Isola di Capo Rizzuto, overlooking the bay with the ancient Aragonese fortress. Chosen as a film set for the armed Brancaleone  and The Gospel according to Matthew, in 1999 it housed all the episodes of the 30th and final edition of the Games without frontiers  . Le Castella is a hamlet of Isola di Capo Rizzuto, the residents called I Casteddi, in the province of Crotone. Interesting sites
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Fortress The famous fortification, probably magnogreca origin, leaning on a small peninsula on the sea. The fortress had several architectural changes over the centuries, as the rulers and defensive needs. Important are the monumental hollow blocks and drums of the Greek period (VI-III century BC column) on Punta Cannone and in the port area. They were allegedly extracted the parts of columns of the Temple of Hera Lacinia, located on the promontory of Capo Colonna. panoramic view of the Aragonese castle of Le Castella.