Prösels Castle (Italy)
Trentino-Alto Adige See list of castles in Italia
Castrum Presile: with this name the medieval manor is named for the first time in a document dated 1279.
The medieval fortress is mentioned for the first time in a document dated 1279 which refers to a CASTRUM PRESIL; however, it is presumed that the CASTRO MONTIS SANCTI VALENTINI, mentioned in a document of 1244, was Castel Prösels.
Built by the Lords of Fiè, the ministerial nobles of the Bishops of Bressanone, for several centuries it was their ancestral home and refuge.
The most famous representative of the family, Leonhard of Fiè-Colonna (1458 - 1530), for many years Captain of the Adige and Burgvio del Tirolo, enlarged the manor, turning it into a castle where the late Gothic and Renaissance style supremacy. The fortress was equipped with the most modern defense techniques of the time, to the taste of Emperor Maximilian I.
When, in 1804, the lineage of the nobles of Fiè became extinct, the history of the castle was marked by numerous changes of owners, a partial decay and several restorations.
After the death of the last owner in 1978, in 1981 the KURATORIUM SCHLOSS PRÖSELS cooperative bought the castle, subjected it to expensive restoration work and opened it to the public for ceremonies, exhibitions and cultural events.
During the summer months, guided tours of the castle are offered.