castle sant' elmo  
largo san martino n.1

telephone: 081/5784120
entry (indicative): euro 2.07


09.14.00 (holiday)
closed on Sunday

The imposing monument, which follows the profile of the city from whatever point is observed it, was realized in 1329 during a period of urban rearrangement. Following works, included the restructuring realised by Domenico Fontana in 1599 after the explosion of a powder magazine, have modified the original plan; today the castle appears as an unusual star to six points, a particular that has aroused numerous conjectures on the castle, but none supported by concrete tests. The Castle was not only used as point of defense during the revolt of Masaniello in 1799 but it was also used to imprison the revolutionaries, acquiring a punitive function that has preserved for different years. A recent and deep restructuring has brought the Castle to its original splendour; today it is used as centre of important cultural demonstrations, of the offices of the Sovraintendenza and the Library of the history of the art "Bruno Majoli". Very interesting are the underground jails and the terraces, a place from which you can admire a splendid view of 360 degrees of Naples.





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