1 Cent, Italy – Castle del Monte

In Italy, the euro coin designs were subject to scrutiny by a national technical and artistic committee before being presented to the nation on RAI UNO, Italy’s largest national television station. A different design has been selected for each denomination, chosen from masterpieces by Italy’s famous artists. The Castel del Monte appears on this coin.

Story of Castle del Monte

Castel del Monte (13th century) situated in the Apulia region, situated on a small hill close to Andria and Corato, near to Bari.

 It’s a gothic structure even if there are recognizable architectural aspects indicating a fusion of cultural elements from Northern Europe, from the Muslim world and classic antiquity.
The Castle is a unique medieval architectural masterpiece reflecting the humanism of its founder the Emperor Frederick II of Swabia “stupor mindi”.

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There are many theories for what the castle was used for: boardroom or hunting lodge.
An octagonal 13th-century fortification with a commanding view of the surrounding landscape. In 1996 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it is visited every year by thousands of tourists.

Thanks to the celebrity and the historical importance of this beautiful building, its image has been used in the back side of the one cent Euro coin issued by the Italian Republic.
Castel del Monte does not only mean the suggestive building; in the enology’s world is also synonym of sublime quality wines and – in particular – it is an area of Denomination of Controlled Origin (DOC)…

Text Credit: (http://www.italianside.com/2015/castel-del-monte-a-jewel-in-the-apulian-countryside/)

 

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