Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte, the Crown of Frederick II in Puglia
Castel del Monte possesses an exceptional universal value for the perfection of its forms, the harmony and the fusion of cultural elements coming from the North of Europe, the Muslim world and classical antiquity. It is a unique masterpiece of medieval architecture, which reflects the humanism of its founder: Frederick II of Swabia.
With this motivation, in 1996, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee gathered in Merida (Mexico), has included in the World Heritage List the castle, built by Frederick II of Swabia around 1240.
The choice of the place appears to be anything but random, and not only on a strategic level: a hill flooded by the sun at all hours of the day, with which the monument seems constantly in relationship. The light of the sun and the shadows that arise from it, enhance and define the forms of the monument, very regular yet subtly different, and enhance the colors, which are also uniform and changeable together.