Angevin Castle Tour – Naples
The Angevin, or New Castle, was built starting from 1279 at the behest of Charles I of Anjou.
The building was intended as a residence , and plays an important role due to its strategic location between the center and the port. The castle also was attended by personalities such as Pope Celestine V and Pope Boniface VIII, Petrarch and Boccaccio. During the Aragonese period, however, the Angevin was restored and modified with a commission by Alfonso of Aragon. The structure acquired in this way a typically Catalan Gothic character. During the Bourbon period the royal residence became the new royal palace and, subsequently, in the late eighteenth century Male Angioino was sacked. During the nineteenth century restoration was undertaken and the building is currently owned by the municipality. The castle is trapezoidal with stately, crenellated towers set on the corners. The main façade has three towers named the Guard, Middle and St. George. In the space between the two towers there is an imposing marble arch the constitutes the entrance. The arch was designed in the mid-fifteenth century by Francesco Laurana and other leading artists to commemorate Alfonso of Aragon. The structure consists of two overlapping arches framed by columns and adorned with numerous sculptures and relief decorations. At the peak there is a bezel. Inside the building there is a courtyard dated fifteenth century. Part of the castle also include Beverello Tower, the Hall of the Barons and the Palatine Chapel, frescoed by Giotto in the fourteenth century. Today inside there is the Museo Civico of the city.
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