Trani Svevo Castle (Italy)
One of the Swabian castles of southern Italy, the Castello di Trani was the place where Manfredi di Sicilia (son of Frederick II) celebrated his wedding with Helena Angelina Doukaina.
One of the most interesting Swabian castles that Frederick II had built in southern Italy, the Castle of Trani stands on the seashore to defend the city.
The Castle is famous for being the place where Manfredi of Sicily, son of Frederick II of Swabia, chose to celebrate his wedding with Princess Elena of Epirus (Elena Angelina Doukaina of Epirus). It retains its historical charm, also recounting knightly legends that have been handed down to us from generation to generation.
Today the Castle hosts numerous events, especially in the summer, including a suggestive re-enactment of Manfredi's wedding that recreates the medieval atmosphere of the time.
The Castle of Trani was commissioned by Frederick II of Swabia in 1230. It was completed three years later, although the consolidation of the structure continued for another fifteen years.
Like many other castles, it was modified in the 16th century when Charles V strengthened the defensive structure by adding two ramparts equipped with firearms.