Castel del Monte

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationCommunes of Andria and Corato, Province of Bari, Puglia Region
CoordinatesN41 5 5.3 E16 16 15.4
Inscription Date1996
Property (ha)3.1
Buffer Zone (ha)10,847
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
Unesco Reference Number398
DescriptionWhen 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.
StatusWorld Heritage Site