Lucera Castle is located in Lucera, Foggia Province in Italy. Lucera
Castle was constructed in 1233 by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II.
The site of Lucera Castle that was used was a former acropolis left
from the Roman times. Much of the masonry was reused to constructed
new military fortifications. Lucera Castle held a strategic location
overlooking Apulia plain. Many Saracens (Arabs) were moved here from
island of Sicily as an imperial policy of pacification of various
nations that lived within borders of the Holy Roman Empire. Between
1269 and 1283 Charles I of Anjou improved walls to the citadel. In
1456 Lucera Castle was struck by an earthquake greatly damaging the
walls and towers. Military technologies made the castle obsolete. It
fell in disrepair and its ancient stones in turn were taken apart
for construction of new buildings. In 18th century Lucera fortress
was completely abandoned. Since the 19th century the site of Lucera
Castle went under protection of the state. Only walls and towers
remain standing today.