The Sant'Elmo castle is close to the San Martino complex. It was built in the early fourteen century by Carlo d'Anjou, has a star shaper structure, a large parade ground on the top and monumental ramparts from which one can enjoy an extraordinary view of bay and of the city. During the Spanish domination (1501-1713) was the residence of the Spanish viceroy. In the XVII century became a prison where in 1609 was incarcerated for thirty years, the Italian philosopher and Dominican friar Tommaso Campanella. About two centuries later the same fate befell the heroes of the Neapolitan Republic of 1799, then all executed by the Bourbon regime with the substantial aid of the English admiral Nelson. A dark page in the history of the city.
The castle was closed to public until the 1970s. It is described by the French writer Marguerite Yourcenar in the Novel Anna soror. It has been beautifully restored and open to public, and hosts temporary exhibitions, theater performances and she esplanade is also a summer movie theater.
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