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The historical centre of Crotone: photo description (Centro storico di Crotone)

The historical centre of Crotone is situated on a hill on the site of the ancient Acropolis, surrounded by walls of the mid-16th century, which was erected by order of don Pedro de Toledo to bolster the city's main castle and the surrounding areas. A new fortification wall was in the form of a polygon with five bastions and two earthen ramparts and was an amazing example of military architecture. Generally, in Croton, you can see buildings of different styles - from the architecture of the middle ages to the Renaissance and Baroque.

Archaeological excavations in the city, found that in the distant past, the Croton was a very large city, covering an area of hundreds of hectares. And many of the Palazzo say that here was the residence of the feudal lords of all the marquisate. And today, on the ancient Acropolis stands the castle of king Charles V, like all medieval fortresses, with hanging bridge. Around the castle are the main attractions of the historical center of Crotone.

One of them is the Cathedral, Dating from the 9th century, but completely built only in the 16th century. The facade of the Cathedral is in neoclassical style, inside you can see the chapel of the Holy Epiphany of the 19th century, richly decorated with stucco and paintings, as well as Byzantine painting depicting the black Madonna Capocolonna. Noteworthy wooden choir from the late 17th century and paintings by 18th-century local artist Nicola Lapiccola.

Another interesting religious building is the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with its neoclassical facade. The Church was built in the 17th century on the site of an older temple. Inside preserved stucco in the Baroque style, and various paintings of the 19th century and a wooden crucifix. The main nave of the Church is decorated in Baroque style.

Near the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the monastery of Santa Chiara, notable for its Neapolitan majolica on the floor. Here there are some works of De Basile is an interesting masters of the 18th century, who worked in many cities of Calabria.

Also in the historical centre of Crotone, you can see the Palace that belonged to the family of Galluccio, - it is built in the neoclassical style. Nearby is the national Archaeological Museum, which exhibits the exhibits collected during archaeological excavations on the territory of Calabria. And a few steps from him, in the castle of Charles V, opened City Museum, where the exhibits from the middle Ages, including an impressive collection of weapons.