Messina: Castello Milazzo

Published by Jan Migenda — 2 months ago

Blog: Super Sicily
Tags: Erasmus blog Italy, Italy, Italy

Messina: Castello Milazzo

Messina has a long history which is basically the same as the rest of Sicily's: Early Greek colonisation, Carthaginian and Roman assaults, Goths and Byzantines, Arab and Norman conquests, Swabians, Aragonese, Habsburg, Bourbons, Garibaldi and lots of destruction in modern times (even in World War 2 by the allies) ... until the European Economic Community was founded there in 1955. Also, important historical personalities have been there: Richard I Lionheart, St Ignatius de Loyola (who founded the first Jesuit college in 1548), Miguel de Cervantes, The cathedral (picture not present) enjoys a finely crafted belfry in which mechanically animated figures move every day at noon.

Messina: Castello Milazzo

The massive entrance gate looks like an invitation to Tomb Raider ...

Messina: Castello Milazzo

Actually, the former citadel was used as a prison in modern times, as you can see in this courtyard.

Messina: Castello Milazzo

From up high, you had a great view over the town!

Messina: Castello Milazzo

The massive Spanish Gate made the citadel (look) very strong ... today it is still a popular tourist attraction!


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