Spanish Fort

The Spanish Fort, commonly called the Castle, was constructed in 1534 by Prince Filiberto d\'Orange, in the place where in 1401, King Ladislao erected a rock for the repression against the rebel citizens of L\'Aquila. In 1843 a wooden semi elevated bridge was constructed with the last campmate of the actual one, in stone. The fort, is of a square plant, it was never utilized from a military point of view but only as a lodge for the troops. Its walls are 130 meters long and 10 to 15 meters wide, the have ponderous angular bastions. The Castle is surrounded by a deep downfall of 14 meters and it is about 30 meters from the earth, even if a part is developed underground with underground walking passages and galleries. On the inside there is the National Museum of Abruzzo. In the bastion on the right hand side of the entrance there is a skeleton of a mammoth found within the city in 1954.

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