Castello di Agrigento

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Castello di Agrigento
Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Coordinates37°18′49.7″N 13°34′42.9″E / 37.313806°N 13.578583°E / 37.313806; 13.578583
Site information
Open to
the public
Site history
Built byCounty of Sicily
FatePartially destroyed, 1909

The Castello di Agrigento, also known as the Castrum Agrigenti, is a ruined castle in Agrigento, Sicily. In the Middle Ages, it was one of the most important buildings in the city. It was mostly destroyed in 1909, and today only a few remains of the castle survive.


The castle began to be built in 1087, when Count Roger ordered the construction of a fort (castellum firmissimum) in Agrigento, which had just been captured from the Arabs. The castle was constructed on top of a hill which had probably been the city's acropolis in antiquity.[1]

In 1150, the Arab historian Muhammad al-Idrisi described the castle as "one of the main strongholds for the attitude of defence" in one of his writings. It was mentioned in a list of state-owned castles in 1273.[2]

The castle was almost completely destroyed to make way for a municipal reservoir in 1909. Very little remains have survived, and the original layout is not discernible. It is located on public property and is in a state of abandonment.[2]


The exact layout of the castle is not known. Medieval sources suggest that its walls were protected by fortified towers. A drawing in the Atlante di città e fortezze del Regno di Sicilia - 1640 by Francesco Negro and Carlo Maria Ventimiglia shows that the castle was triangular in shape, and had an inner courtyard.[2]


  1. ^ "Castello di Agrigento". (in Italian). Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Tutte le fortificazioni della Provincia di Agrigento". (in Italian). Retrieved 20 September 2015.