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Castello Ursino was erected by order of Frederick II between 1239 and 1250. In those days, the castle was considered impregnable. At the end of the 13th century, the castle was imprisoned by the king of Aragon Heime II, who was deposed by parliament during the Sicilian Vespers. A year later, the castle was captured by Robert of Anjou.
Later, the castle was used as a residence for the kings Pedro II, Frederigo III, Louis the Child, Frederigo IV and Queen Mary.
After Palermo became the capital of Sicily, the castle lost its military significance and functioned as a prison in the following years. The castle is one of the few surviving structures after the devastating earthquake in 1693.
Since 1934, Castello Ursino houses the City Museum and the local Art Gallery.
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Topic: Castello Ursino Castle in Italy, Sicily resort.