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Castello Colombaya Castle is located right in front of the entrance to the city port on a small island. Castello Colombaya is one of the excellent examples of military Sicilian architecture.
There are many legends and stories about the construction of the castle, but in reality there is not a single evidence confirming at least one of the versions. / p>
According to one of the legends, the castle was built by exiles from Troy who arrived after the fall of their city in Trapani. Another version says that the castle was built during the first Punic War. In the middle of the 3rd century BC. off the coast of Trapani, a major naval battle began between the Carthaginians and the Romans, in which the Romans lost. Two years later, Fabio Buteone, Roman consul, in one night he recaptured the island of Colombaya from the invaders. After this event, the castle was abandoned and became a nesting place for pigeons (Italian"colomba"), from where it got its name.
During the Arab rule, the castle was used as a lighthouse. During the Middle Ages, the castle was renovated, during which the castle acquired its current octagonal shape. In the 15th century, the building was expanded and used as a fortification. The last major construction work took place in the castle in the 17th century. Subsequently, Castello Colombaya was turned into a prison and remained there until 1965. In the 1980s, restoration work was carried out here.
The castle is currently closed to the public. There is a small pier in front of the building. In the courtyard there are two chapels that were used as warehouses during World War II.
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