Caccuri Castle

1c8736d9a29e36aa1c24bbcf792d06ea

Castle

Oct 17, 2023 10:39 AM

Castle has very ancient origins, probably built in sixth century by Byzantines as defensive garrison guarding Neto Valley. In 1418 it is included in the legacies of Count Carlo Ruffo of Montalto to his daughter Polyxena. In 1651 Antonio Cavalcanti, wealthy patrician, buys Caccuri's estate and start the renovations that transformed ancient castrum in Ducal Palace

The building has trapezoidal plant with a central courtyard. An inventory of 1781 describes the interior as rich in frescoes with scenes of chivalry, candlesticks, mirrors and large paintings of Spanish monarchs, popes and Knights of Malta. In 1830 the estate was acquired by Barracco and in 1885 Neapolitan architect Adolfo Mastrigli transformed Palace in an impressive Castle in Medieval style with tower, walls and battlements. Recent renovations have made the building elegant venue to host cultural activities and events. 

Inside, is Palatine Chapel: dated around 1669, is a single chamber divided by a triumphal arch on which stands Cavalcanti's coat of arms. Original ceiling is wooden coffered painted. High altar in lacquered and gilded wood, has a dense decoration of acanthus leaves. Central altarpiece depicts St. Barbara, while the side altar, decorated with stucco in Rococo style, is dedicated to St. Gaetano of Thiene. Of great interest is the collection of paintings from seventeenth century Neapolitan School.

https://calabriastraordinaria.it/en/places/caccuri-castle

Informazioni Utili
6QGJ+X9, Caccuri
How to get

Mappa