Castle of Trani

Director: Rosa Mezzina
Ticket: 5,00 €; Reduced Ticket: 2,50 €
Opening days and times: Monday-Sunday 8.30-19.30; Ticket Office: Monday-Sunday 8.30-19.00; 
Address: piazza Manfredi, 16
CAP: 76125
+39 0883 506603
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Among those blasted by Frederick II of Swabia, theCastleofTraniis one of the most important and readable despite the sustained mutations. HiskingdomofSicily, was inherited from his mother, theNormanprincess Constance of Altavilla.

The foundation sits on bedrock significantly lower and isolated from the mainland. On a small outpost of the lookout, there is a small guard tower is under the walking floor entrance.

It was the most modern in Europein the thirteenth century, and is strategically located near the famous cathedral in the center of the bay. The shallow waters proved to be a great advantage from the fury of the waves and against attacks on the northern front.

The model of crusader castles of theHoly Land, were simple quadrangular, reinforced by four square towers of equal height at the top. The outer facing in ashlar, a practicable rampart-wall, fitted with frecciere battlements and courtyards that border on the east, south and west. The ditch is flooded by sea water.

In the past, with the exception of a brief period between 1385 – 1419, the Angevins and the Aragonese were always pertaining the state until today. The captain, Albertico Barbian, rendered services to Charles III of Durazzo in the struggle for succession to Louis of Anjou.

In the 16th century with the onset of firearms, the castle adapted new defensive techniques. In response to the widespread demand for fortification of the Mediterranean coast, the Empire of Charles V of Habsburg, was threatened by Turkish advance.

The operation involved the thickening of the southern front, except in areas protected by nature and overlooking the open countryside. Two bastions were constructed at the opposite corners of the south-west (spear) and northeast (square), ensuring coverage of the entire perimeter of the fortress.

The Castle provided the role of a military base, except for between the years of 1586 – 1677. During which time, it hosted the Royal Audience of the Holy Land of the province of Bari, as well as, during the 19th century when it was used as a provincial prison.

In 1979, it was restored by the Superintendency for the Environmental, Architectural, Artistic and Historical Heritage of Puglia and re-opened to the public on June 5, 1998.