About Castel Nuovo

Castel Nuovo, also known as Maschio Angioino or Mastio Angioino, is a medieval castle from the Renaissance era and one of the emblems of Naples. The Neapolitan Society of Homeland History and the Naples Committee of the Institute for the Heritage of the Italian Risorgimento, both of which are located on the grounds of the SNSP, have their offices in the castle, which overlooks the picturesque Piazza Municipio. The structure also holds the civic museum.King Charles I of Anjou, who shifted the seat of government for the province of Sicily from Palermo to Naples, ordered the construction of the fort.The "New" castle was constructed to serve as a guardian against enemy incursions; in fact, the location in which it was constructed was strategically significant and went to finish a defensive style that had previously featured the Castel dell'Ovo, which was too old and outmoded for the invasion systems of the time, and the Castel Capuano, which was in a less advantageous location and far from the sea and was the previous main focus. In order to distinguish it from the other two, older castles, these most recent two have proposed the name Castel Nuovo.

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The Armoury hall
The Armoury hall

Remains of the towns that stood first before Angevin castle have indeed been discovered in the area formerly identified as the Armoury Hall.A pool or spa from a suburban villa built in the second half of the 5th century AD may be found next to the entrance. It is partially lined with white marble tiles to which the Angevin frames are attached. An expansive apse with five semicircular niches makes up the earliest portion of the east side from the early republican period (end of the first century BC).

The Prisons
The Prisons

The prisons are also known as the Crocodile Legend. There are two areas below the Palatine Chapel in the basement; one is termed the "mile pit" but is also referred to as the "crocodile pit," and the other is known as the "house of the Barons' plot."

The Palatine Chapel
The Palatine Chapel

The 14th-century Palatine Chapel, also known as the Chapel of Santa Barbara, which leads onto the 15th-century courtyard, is where the journey of the Castel Nuovo begins.After numerous modifications throughout the years, including the 18th-century Baroque restoration, the chamber has been returned to the standards of Gothic architecture.

The Purgatory Chapel
The Purgatory Chapel

This chapel, which was likely identical to the Chapel of San Martino di Tours from the fourteenth century and was previously frescoed with tales from the saint's life, was constructed somewhere between 1580 and 1581 when the renovations requested by the Spanish viceroys were being made.

The Chapel of S. Francesco di Paola
The Chapel of S. Francesco di Paola

Visitors enter the tiny church from the Charles V Hall, where San Francesco di Paola was hosted in 1481 while traveling to Paris. Guillén Sagrera originally created a vaulted dome in the fourth century that was comparable to the one in Barons' Hall, but it was damaged following World War II. The statuary marble over the door attests to the chapel's baroque restoration and consecration on April 3, 1688.

Bronze door
Bronze door

This door, which was formerly at the castle's entrance, was gifted to Guglielmo Monaco by Ferrante d'Aragona in honor of Ferrante's victory with Giovanni of Anjou and the rebel lords in 1462, somewhere before 1475.

The Museum: first floor
The Museum: first floor

The works of art, statues, and sacred decorations on display on the first floor were mostly commissioned by clergy and date from the 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. They are mostly from churches and closed institutions, including the Real Casa Santa dell'Annunziata and the "Sant'Eligio" Institute for Instruction and Assistance to Women.

The De Mura Library
The De Mura Library

On the second story of the WatchTower at the Castel Nuovo Napoli, there is a bustling study area with independent access from the museum entrance. In addition to the outstanding bookshelf of the "Ettore e Mura'' library, this space also features an office for educational activities and a facility and informational office.

Castel Nuovo History

Castel Nuovo History

The Castel Nuovo history starts from King Charles I of Anjou, who transferred the seat of government for the province of Sicily from Palermo to Naples, ordered the construction of the castle.The builder Pierre de Chaulnes was given the task of building this significant structure, and under his direction, work on it began in 1279 and was completed five years later—a truly exceptional period of time given the available technology and the magnitude of the castle.In reality, the stronghold has been the center of attention in Naples for a very long time. Here, kings and famous visitors lived.The Palatine Chapel, a 1307 structure placed into the center of the castle, appears to have preserved the ancient aspect instead.The castle nuovo napoli underwent its first makeover in 1308 under Roberto the Wise, who also invited famous individuals of the time, such Francesco Petrarca and Giovanni Boccaccio, and commissioned the best artists, including Pietro Cavallini and Montano d'Arezzo, to fresco the castle's walls.Giovanna I of Anjou served as the castle's hostess starting in 1343. However, in 1347, Louis I of Hungary, who traveled to Naples to destroy the stronghold as retaliation for a palace plot against his brother Andrea, compelled the queen to flee to France.

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Opening time:Castel Nuovo Napoli opens Monday through Saturday from 9:00 to 19:00, though the ticket office shuts an hour earlier.Sunday: The courtyard, the Palatine Chapel, the Sala dei Baroni, the Sala dell'Armeria, and the Sala della Loggia are frequently accessible for free. The Civic Museum has a separate entrance fee.

Location:Via Vittorio Emanuele III - 80133 Naples

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