Castles in Sardinia: discover Siviller
The Aragonese castle of Siviller, located near Villasor in the province of Cagliari, is one of the most unique castles of Sardinia. The reason lies in its curious architecture that combines civilian and military architectural style.
The style of this fortress is medieval but its size and structure of civil residence, give it something really special. It was built at the behest of the customs officer of the Castle of Cagliari, John Sivilleris, with permission of the bishop of the capital of Sardinia, for military purposes: in fact it had to defend the area against attacks by the rebels of Arborea.
After the end of feudalism, the castle of Siviller was used in several ways: prison, barracks, schools, and finally was abandoned. In 1991, the municipality started a recovery program of the monument: after these renovation works, the ground floor rooms have become the town library, which often host conferences and exhibitions.
The outer areas, however, are place for meetings and cultural events. The manor of Siviller is one of the castles of Sardinia that marked the rebirth of the town in which it was built, and the castle become the central point of the history of this town.
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