National Archaeological Museum of Manfredonia - Swabian-Angevin Castle

POLO MUSEALE DELLA PUGLIA
Director: Alfredo De Biase
Opening days and times: Monday-Sunday 9.00, 10.00, 11.00,12.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00 e 18.00;
Temporarily closed (For renovation or restoration)
Manfredonia(FG)
Address: piazzale Ferri, s.n.c.
CAP: 71043
+39 0884 587838
Email: pm-pug.museomanfredonia@beniculturali.it
PEC: mbac-pm-pug@mailcert.beniculturali.it
Web site: http://www.musei.puglia.beniculturali.it/

Description:

The Castle was built in the thirteenth century by Manfredi of Swabia, son of Emperor Frederick II, in defense of the new town built to accommodate the inhabitants of nearby Siponto that became inhospitable due to silting and war. During the Angevin period, the structure was complex due to high curtain and quadrangular walls of the building. In the fifteenth century, the Aragonese added a second outer wall with four circular towers at the corners. In the 16th century, the west side was incorporated into a pentagonal structure that takes its name from a bas-relief of the Annunciation scene visible on the outside walls of the bastion.

The archaeological exhibitions illustrate the history of the ancientterritoryofSipontoand Gargano.

The newest exhibition is the Daunian stelae titled "Pages of stone. Dauni between the seventh and sixth centuries BC." The stelae are rectangular slabs of limestone decorated with ornate geometric and figurative scenes. They reproduce schematic figures of men and women, most likely related to noble people. Male figures with guns show their breastplate, sword and shield, while other figures bear necklaces, brooches, pendants and belts. The scenes tell the daily activities, rituals, wedding ceremonies, funerals and armed struggles of the ancient Daunia. The stelae were hand-carved with heads and facial features (iconic) or completely smooth (aniconic).

 

"Siponto: an abandoned city in the Middle Ages"

An exhibition devoted to the civilization of Siponto, is hosted on the first floor. It illustrates the results of archaeological excavations from the archeological parkof Siponto, which has returned a large segment of Siponto vetus with houses, a manufacturing plant, a church and a burial area. The quality of the findings offers an inside look at the relatively high socio-economic reality that attests the importance and splendor of this port city, which stretches out towards the opposite bank of the Adriatic and eastern Mediterranean Sea.

 

"Treasures from the sea"

“Torre Quadrata,” an exhibition dedicated to underwater archeology is now open. There is a display of discoveries from along the coast of Daunia, from which many amphoras document the commercial activity along the Adriatic routes of Roman Daunia. The exhibition displays a stelae, depicting the scene of a boat at sea with a square sail, with the helmsman at the stern and another man with his arms raised at the bow, along with the reconstruction of a seabed and a vessel.
 

Lapidarium

This collection includes architectural and epigraphic materials coming from the archaeological area of Siponto. Capitals, cornices, and brackets document the monumental aspect of the city, from the Augustan age to the Middle Ages. Inscriptions provide a rich source of news for the administration and the religion for that period. A relief of the Annunciation scene (XI-XII c.) comes from the San Leonardo in Lama Volara.