Castello dell'Imperatore

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Emperor's Castel
Castello Dell'Imperatore
Prato, Tuscany in Italy
Prato, Castello dell'imperatore entrance.JPG
Main entrance of the castello
Coordinates43°52′43.84″N 11°5′54.80″E / 43.8788444°N 11.0985556°E / 43.8788444; 11.0985556Coordinates: 43°52′43.84″N 11°5′54.80″E / 43.8788444°N 11.0985556°E / 43.8788444; 11.0985556
TypeSwabian castle
Site information
OwnerMunicipality of Prato
Open to
the public
Yes
Site history
BuiltBetween 1237 and 1247
Materialslocal stones

A castle with crenellated walls and towers. Built for the medieval emperor and King of Sicily Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor,[1] it was built in Prato, Italy on top of a previous fortification of which two towers remain.

When Frederick II died building was stopped and the interior was never finished. The castle is open to the public and although some destruction took place during the fascist regime, reconstruction work has begun and is ongoing. It is possible to climb the stairs up to the top of the castle walls and walkways for a bird's eye view over the surrounding city of Prato.[2]

It was built between 1237 and 1247 by Riccardo da Lentini.

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