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When the Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari in the 13th century, he imbued it with symbolic significance, as reflected in the location, the mathematical and astronomical precision of the layout and the perfectly regular shape. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, **Castel del Monte is a successful blend of elements from classical antiquity, the Islamic Orient and north European Cistercian Gothic. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/castel-del-monte

This is cool and worth it, but it’s very stripped down, just the building, and involves some annoyances getting a shuttle to the site.

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