The Castle of Gallipoli

The fort is open to the public for about a month after years of closure and neglect, stretching its visiting hours.


The Castle of Gallipoli

The Castle of Gallipoli

The fort is open to the public for about a month after years of closure and neglect, stretching its visiting hours.

On Saturday, August 9, there is an appointment with the Group salentini astronomers who will lead the guests to the discovery of the sky, the stars, the planets and the Moon.

In August, the Castle of Gallipoli, open to the public after decades of closure and neglect, will be open daily from 10 am to 2 am.

Also, on Saturday, August 9 (from 20.30 to midnight), all visitors of the Castle will be able to observe the sky and the stars thanks to an evening organized in collaboration with the Group Astronomers Salento.
Over our heads, at the zenith, meanwhile, will stand the "Summer Triangle" with bright Vega, Deneb and Altair, queens of the respective constellation Lyra, Cygnus and Aquila. Followed with the constellations of Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Andromeda, Perseus and ll winged horse Pegasus will enter in their story from Greek mythology.

For the occasion there will be an exhibition Astro-Photo of deep sky objects made entirely by members of the group of astronomers.

After the opening of 5 July the Castle became a destination for thousands of tourists from all over the world, from Puglia and Salento but especially for citizens of the beautiful city that for decades saw denied the chance to appreciate halls, towers, tunnels, corridors, to admire the beauty of the sunlight on the walls of the atrium and the breathtaking views that give the terraces surrounded by the Ionian Sea.

The castle is to the east of the city and dates from the 14th century although it has undergone major changes, additions and renovations since.

The first plan of the castle was quadrangle, but the Aragonese then added a wall with a polygonal plan, fortified with cylindrical towers at the corners. This work was carried out to the design of Sienese architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439-1501). Further works in the Spanish age include the building of the 'Lookout Tower', when the Castle took a quadrangular shape with summits strengthened by four towers.

A fifth circular tower was then erected to defend against attacks from the sea in the early 16th century. The castle remained unchanged until the second half of the 19th century when, in the area towards the city, the moat was filled in and the arches that supported the drawbridge were buried.

Today, Gallipoli Castle still has this square base and four towers at the corners: the fifth tower, during the summer months, is used as a movie theatre, while exhibitions and other cultural events are organized in the large halls.

Until the 28 September, the rooms of the castle will host also "Shots of cinema, Puglia to the cinema", created by Apulia Film Commission and curated by Daniele Trevisi.

Daily open from 10 am to 2 (September 10 to 21)

Entrance: 5 euro - reduced 3 €

Info www.castellogallipoli.it - ​​0833262775



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