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Castle of Sasso Corbaro

Fortress · Bellinzona and Valleys · 461 m
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  • Castello di Sasso Corbaro
    Castello di Sasso Corbaro
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Named for its location on a rock that is as dark as a crow’s feathers (from dialect “corbatt”), this is a typical Sforza fortress built in a basic geometrical shape. The dungeon and lookout tower are nestled in a square courtyard surrounded by high walls.
Of the three castles, it is the only one with a precise date of construction: 1479. It was built in just over six months by Sforza architect Benedetto Ferrini to complete the defensive barrier meant to prevent the Confederates from reaching Milan.During the Swiss occupation it was called Unterwalden Castle and in 1818 it was called Santa Barbara Castle.Sold to a company that wanted to turn it into a hotel in 1870, later on it was rented out to local families as a summer residence.The restoration works (2004-2006) directed by architect Paola Piffaretti helped to fully realise the castle’s potential, making it a more attractive tourist destination and reinstating the surrounding network of paths.Be sure not to miss the fascinating temporary national and international displays and exhibitions in the castle. 
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Update: March 29, 2022


2'722'853E 1'116'428N
46.188106, 9.029954
46°11'17.2"N 9°01'47.8"E
32T 502311 5114948
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