Resti del castello

A mighty fortification, of which remains remain evocative, closed the only natural access to the high ground where the vast plateau above the ancient city, Epipoli, culminates, which the brilliant defensive strategy of Dionysius surrounded entirely of one of the most extraordinary walls of the Greek world, more than 27 km long, built at the beginning of the 4th century B.C. The vast fortress, which underwent various changes over time, especially by Agathocles and Hieron II, is preceded by three ditches, with a powerful advance between the second and third ditches; the latter was originally crossed by a drawbridge of which the three mighty support pylons remain; the front of the keep is protected by five towers, originally 15 m high. A complex network of tunnels opens at the bottom of the third ditch, connecting different areas of the fortress and this with the outside. Three large cisterns provided water supply. A large pincer door with three openings opens to the north of the keep, protects advanced works. To the north and south, the fortress is connected to the Dionigian walls that surround the plateau.




The castle's Antiquarium contains artefacts testifying to daily life inside the fortress. wanted by Dionisio I, tyrant of Syracuse, by the stone spheres, used as projectiles for catapults, a bronze helmet, everyday pottery, up to the relief depicting a catapult, which has always been present in the area of the castle and which can rightly be considered the symbol of the monument, an impregnable bulwark placed at the end of the complex of Dionysian walls.

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