CASTEL DEL MONTE: THE CASTLE DEPICTED ON THE ITALIAN COIN by Sandra Marx

Have you ever wondered what the imposing building on the back side of the Italian 1 cent coin is? It is one of the oldest castles in Italy with the most outstanding architectural characteristics, known as the Castel Del Monte. It is located in the National Park Alta Murgia, in the province of Andria and it was built in around 1240 by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. Even though it is not noticeable at first sight, it is is said that it has never been completely finished.

 

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