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Castello Maniace by Michael Karavanov

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Michael Karavanov 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.

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