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Castel Sismondo

Castel Sismondo     



    Location: piazza Malatesta, Rimini, Romagna   Map

    Constructed: 1437 by Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

    Tel. +39 0541/787673

    Tourist Info: 0541 2 91 92




Desription of Castel Sismondo


Castel Sismondo or Rocca Malatestiana is located in Rimini, Romagna province of Northern Italy. The construction of the castle began on March 20th, 1437 by the order of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta. The design of the Castel Sismondo was largely work of Sigismondo himself with the help of the professional architect Filippo Brunelleschi. The owner wanted to impress everyone with the wealth of his family as well as design a fort that can withstand direct hit from the cannon fire that just made its way into Europe. Its square towers also housed bronze cannons. Ironically many of them were directed toward the city suggesting that House of Malatesta was more concern with its immediate neighbors rather than invasion from other kingdoms and regions of Italy.


Highly superstitious man, he consulted the construction of his residence, palace and a stronghold with his personal astrologers. This practice was officially forbidden due to its conflict with the stance of the Catholic Church on these things, but royals and aristocracy nevertheless indulged themselves in these practices. Part of Castel Sismondo was constructed on the much older ruins of the Roman walls that strengthened the base underneath the stronghold. Over time however it lost much of its use. Both as a residence and a military fortification. Many of the walls and towers of the original buildings were torn down, leaving only a fraction of its former structure. In the 19th century Castel Sismondo was turned into a police station and an adjacent city prison. Today Castel Sismondo is open as a museum for the tourists.











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