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Post code I-95131 Catania Sicily Italy
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The Ursino castle is a big quadrangular building with 2-metre-thick walls, four cylindrical corner towers, 30metre high, and two semicylindrical towers set on two sides. A pointed arch entrance is opened in the main front. The square courtyard has an outside staircase in Gothic-Catalan style. Some finds of different ages, such as sarcophagi, columns and ancient obelisks, are preserved in the courtyard. Here during the Aragonese domination, prisoners were executed..In different moment, during the Aragonese age, the Ursino castle was the seat of the Sicilian parliament. It was a point of defence, for the eastern coast of Sicily, against Saracen pirates. From the seventeenth century until 1931, the castle, being acquired by the municipality of Catania, was used as a prison.

 
 
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