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Castle of Benevento

benevento castleThe castle of Benevento, better known as Rocca dei Rettori (Rocca of the chancellors or Rocca di Manfred), is at the raised point of the city, predominating in the past the rivers Sabatto and Calore, and the two important roads : the via Appia and Traiana.
This place already was used by Samnits tribes, they had constructed several terraces for defense, and later Roman constructed a thermal construction (Castellum aquae) whose rests are visible in the garden of the castle.
A Benedictine monastery funded here.
The Rocca receives its name from the Middle Ages, when it becomes the seat of the governors under the authority of the Pope: the chancellors (Rettori in Italian).

The castle is constituted by two distinguished constructions: the Tower, constructed by the Lombard in 871, and the palate of the governors, constructed the Pope in 1320.


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