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by iandsmith

I vividly remember pullilng up and wondering what on earth that large building was.
Unmentioned in my guide book it turns out to be the Castello di Giulio II, or, in plainer English, the Castle of Pope Giulius II. Built at the end of the 15th century it’s a typical example of renaissance military architecture. Inside we find a historical museum, remains of the archaeological diggings, interesting renaissance frescoes and documents about middle age Ostia.
To an unfamiliar (in the realm of castles) viewer such as myself, this place appeared significant but, as you can read in the previous chapter, the Saracens viewed it differently.
To view the castle on the inside it is advisable to ring beforehand but it certainly added something unexpected to my Ostia Antica visit. This shot was taken from the main road, across from the entrance to Ostia Antica.

Address: Piazza della Rocca

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  • Updated Jun 5, 2004
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