He is known by such names as stupor mundi ("wonder or astonishment in the world") or puer Apuliae ("Child of Apulia").

Frederick II was equipped with a multifaceted personality and fascinating that since his time has attracted the attention of historians and the people, producing a long series of popular myths and legends, for better or for worse.

In March 1221 the King visited for the first time in Puglia, a land rich of forests, rivers and artistic ..

Tied him to it the mild climate, the warmth of the people, the habits of life.

Dive right into the spirit of Frederick II, we revisit some of the monuments that had erected in Puglia:  

Swabian Castle, Trani

Founded in 1230. erected to protect his beloved Kingdom of Sicily.

Located a short distance from the famous Romanesque cathedral, strategically placed in the middle of a bay, whose shallow water would always be revealed an excellent natural defense. In a tower of castle tower the Emperor hanged Pietro Tiepolo, taken prisoner in the battle of Cortenova, 1237.

Here was also imprisoned the courageous Siffridina Countess of Caserta, because her son Richard de Lauro Count of Caserta married the emperor's daughter Violante of Swabia. For her express wish she was kept on bread and water and died in March of 1279.

On June 2, 1259 in the castle Manfredi (Frederick II's son) married his second wife, Elena Comneno. An event that is commemorated every year..


Swabian Norman Castle, Barletta

The growth of Frederick continued parallel with that of Barletta castle where the emperor resided on several occasions since 1228. After being crowned King of the Romans in 1215 and Germany in Mainz in 1220 and consecrated Emperor by Pope Honorius III .

On April 25, 1228, from magna auditorium of the Castle, the Emperor announced to the world the start of the sixth Crusade.

Among the works preserved there is an alleged bust of Frederick II of Swabia in limestone, dating from the thirteenth century.

Castel del Monte, Andria

The most fascinating of the castles built by Frederick II.

Sudden it rises, isolated, enigmatic, on top of a hill, near Andria, in Apulia. The shape and location make it an impressive and slightly unsettling presence. You could define a fascinating stone theorem.

The building offers a great amount of symbolic, mathematical, geometrical, astronomical and geographical suggestions, that make it a concrete and tangible sign of an "different" and, as has often been said, a "philosophical building."

Individual Fee: 35 € (with accommodation: 60 €)

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