Recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1996, Castel del Monte is a brilliant example of medieval architecture, located on a hill in the Murge area, just a few kilometres from the city of Andria. Project supported by Frederick II, Duke of Swabia, eclectic personality and man of great culture, the Castle is an exceptional work for the perfection of its forms and the fusion of cultural elements of different periods and places.
The lions placed on the monumental entrance are typical of Romanesque art, while the friezes that decorate some parts of the castle are of classic style inspiration. The floor's design in some parts and some materials are reminiscent of Islamic art.
It is interesting to know that the “8” is the "guide number" of the castle: 8 are the sides of the castle's plan, 8 are the rooms of the ground floor and first floor arranged in order to form an octagon and 8 are the massive octagonal towers.
It is still not clear what led Frederick II to build this brilliant piece of architecture. There is an air of mystery sorrounding it which started many legends and increased, even more, the charm of this unique place.