Castel del Monte, Italy

Dear Zoran from Croatia visited southern Italy, and sent me such a beautiful view of Castel del Monte.

Castel del Monte was a 13th-century castle situated in Andria in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. It was built by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II during the 1240s; it has been despoiled of its interior marbles and furnishings in subsequent ceturies. It has neither a moat nor a drawbridge and might in fact never have been intended as a defensive fortress. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, who described it as ''a unique masterpiece of medieval military architecture''. 

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