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MALATESTA CASTLE

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Piazza Castello47043 Gatteo (FC)

  • painting in castle
  • castle patron saint festival

Description

Opening times: always open

The place can be reached by car
The Malatestian Castle of Gatteo was built during the XIII century, probably on the site of a preexistent Roman camp, and throughout the centuries it underwent several modifications.
It has an almost square area, a tower and five bulwarks, it is surrounded by a wide moat, originally filled with water, which could be crossed thanks to a drawbridge.
On the eastern side of the walls stands the entrance to the castle, that’s to say a round arch surmounted by a square tower, and the donjon, where it is still possible to see the grooves where the joists that worked the drawbridge ran. On top of the donjon there is the seventeenth-century civic tower.
During the second half of the eighteenth century the walls, except for the eastern side that stills has the remains of the brackets and stonework, were lowered and the moat consequently filled with earth, while the drawbridge, the only means of access to the building, was replaced with a stone bridge.
The Castle has been recently restored: the works ended in 2003 and now it is possible to have a walk on the walls.

In August the court of the castle becomes the set for the traditional festival dedicated to San Lorenzo, Gatteo’s Patron Saint.

Entrance: free

Latest update: 22/01/2021

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