Palazzo Ducale is located on the highest point of Bovino. It is also called Castle, built in 1045 by Drogone the Norman on the ruins of an ancient Roman fortress, and then was enlarged by Frederik II of Swabia during the 13th century.
The building was changed by each feudatory who had lived inside it, according to his needs, giving this place a more and more elegant look. On the southern wall, called Cassero, there are the traces of the ancient Roman fortress, while the impressive circular tower, called “a cavaliere” (like a knight), dates back to Norman period.
The castle, inhabited until 1961 by the heirs of Guevara family, was one of the best noble palaces in Southern Italy during the Seventeenth century. In the rooms with coffered vaults and inside the wonderful roof garden important personalities like Torquato Tasso, Giovan Battista Marino, Maria Teresa d’Austria and the Pope Benedict XIII.
In the chapel of the palace is kept a silver reliquary which contains a thorn of the crown of Jesus Christ, besides other relics.
It is characterised by an irregular polygonal plan which surrounds a large inner court like a ring.
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