Castellazzo di Camastra

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Castellazzo di Camastra
Camastra, Sicily, Italy
Coordinates37°16′20.8″N 13°48′29.62″E / 37.272444°N 13.8082278°E / 37.272444; 13.8082278
TypeCastle
Site information
ConditionRuins
Site history
Built14th century
MaterialsStone

The Castellazzo di Camastra is a castle in Camastra, Sicily. It was built in the 14th century, and it now lies in ruins.

History[edit]

The Castellazzo was built in the 14th century on the edge of a rocky plateau to control the surrounding estates. The oldest reference to a turris Camastra dates back to 1366, and in 1374 the area was in the possession of the nobleman Manfredi Chiaramonte.[1]

The site of the Castellazzo has been identified with the legendary city of Camico.[2]

Layout[edit]

The Castellazzo consists of an irregular pentagonal tower, which is made up of stones bound together by mortar. Parts of the structure also consist of Cyclopean masonry.[3] Some of the remaining walls are up to 3.5m high.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Castellazzo di Camastra". castelli-sicilia.com (in Italian). Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Tutte le fortificazioni della Provincia di Agrigento". mondimedievali.net (in Italian). Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Informazioni su Camastra (Agrigento)". siciliainfesta.com (in Italian). Retrieved 22 August 2015.