The layered style of Copertino’s Castle

Castello di Copertino, Lecce

The Castle in the old town of Copertino – in the province of Lecce, Apulia – is a collection of at least three different architectural styles, fleshed out in the square fortified tower built under the Angevin rule; the sumptuous portal built under Charles III, reflecting the taste of the Renaissance with influences from Catalan art; and the mighty fortress built in 1540 by Evangelista Menga, a Copertino native, for Alfonso Castriota.

The large structure is one of the most impressing of its kind in Apulia, and is home to 15th-century frescoes (inside the Maddalena Chapel) and to a gem of Mannerist art: Gianserio Strafella’s Chapel of San Marco.

It was officially made a national monument in 1886.

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April 15, 2015

The layered style of Copertino’s Castle

Copertino (Le)
Piazza Castello
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