One of the most beautiful examples of military architecture in the Renaissance period, the Castle of Corigliano d’Otranto marks the transition from medieval square towers to the typical round ones of the 16th century.
The facade is a Baroque triumph with decorative shelves and anthropomorphic figures. The statues, placed inside niches, represent virtues and personalities of the time, while the by now indecipherable mottos of Andrea Peschiulli triumph on the architraves.
HISTORY – In the 16th century, on a pre-existing 15th century building, Giovan Battista delli Monti made important changes aimed at the military fortification. At the end of the Delli Monti family, the castle passed to the Trani family who, in 1667, transformed it into a ducal palace thanks to the structural and decorative interventions of the architect Francesco Manuli.
The Castello de ’Monti in Corigliano d’Otranto, also known by the name of Castello Volante, thus reveals the transition from a medieval fortress to a ducal residence.
The manor, inside, nowaday houses a library, a tourist information point, a bookshop and a bar and it is home to cultural initiatives such as temporary exhibitions, musical reviews and live performances.
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