• Brindisi - Do & See

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Castello Grande / Castello Svevo

The Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II, founded this imposing complex of fortifications which served as the imperial residence, prison, arsenal and garrison. A succession of kings and emperors added more towers and ramparts. Charles I of Anjou reinforced the walls at the end of the 13th century, Ferdinand I King of Naples strengthened them two centuries later and 18th century rulers added still more. During the 19th century the castle served as a prison, and since the 19th century it has been an Italian Navy base, and is strictly closed to the public aside from organised tours.
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Monumento al Marinaio d’Italia

Monumento al Marinaio d’Italia

Monumento Al Marinaio d’Italia - Monument to the Italian Sailor Built in 1933 at the peak of Mussolini’s Fascist regime, this grandiloquent memorial towering over Brindisi’s inner harbour survives as a monument to Italian seamen lost during two world wars. Designed by the architect Luigi Brunati and sculptor Amerigo Bartoli, the monument mimics a giant rudder 53 m (174 ft) high, beneath which a crypt in the shape of a ship’s hull bears the names of the 36,000 Italians lost at sea during World War I and WWII.
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