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"Castel Nuovo" Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino Tip by MM212

Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino, Naples: 39 reviews and 115 photos

  Towers of Castel Nuovo - May 09
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  • Towers of Castel Nuovo - May 09 - Naples
      Towers of Castel Nuovo - May 09
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  • l'Arco di Trionfo - May 09 - Naples
      l'Arco di Trionfo - May 09
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  • Castel Nuovo - May 09 - Naples
      Castel Nuovo - May 09
    by MM212

When Carlo d'Angiò became king and moved the capital from Palermo to Napoli, he commissioned the construction of Castel Nuovo. It was named "New Castle" to distinguish it from two older castles in Naples that were too small to hold the Angevin court. Castel Nuovo was completed in 1282, but the only surviving element from that period is a chapel (Cappella Palatina) within. The rest of the castle was rebuilt and enlarged over the following few centuries by successive rulers through the 18th century. During the latter part of this period, its defensive importance waned, but it continued to serve at times as a royal residence. The interior is thus filled with lavish halls befitting of kings. One of the more interesting features in its exterior architecture is the Renaissance-period triumphal arch wedged between two of the five rounded towers of the castle. Considered a jewel of early Renaissance architecture, this arco di trionfo was built in 1443 by King Alfonso I to commemorate his triumphal entry into Naples. The castle is nowadays open to the public as a museum.

Address: Piazza Municipio
Phone: 081 795 7713

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  • Updated Mar 23, 2010
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