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About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- Michael Karavanov
- Explore score
- 0.12 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Aug 08, 2011
- Date taken
- Jul 11, 2011
July 12, 2011. Sicily, Siracusa, Castello Maniace. Made from 46 pictures
The Castello Maniace is a citadel and castle in Syracuse, Sicily. It stands on a large promontory, where it was constructed between 1232 and 1240 by the Emperor Frederick II. It bears the name of George Maniakes, the Byzantine general who besieged and took the city in 1038.
In the 15th century it was used as a prison. In the following century it was included in the fortification defending the harbour and the city. A huge explosion damaged it in 1704, after which it was renovated and adapted to the use of guns.
Later a barracks of the Italian Army, it is now open to public.