Chiaramontano de Naro

Chiaramonte castle in Naro was first mentioned during the Angevin period (1266-1285), although it is claimed that the keep was only built when the castle was enlarged during the reign of Frederick III(1296-1337).  Certainly in 1325 Naro fell to the Angevins,  probably while it was under the command of Roger Lancia, who had received it within a few years of 1291.  Certainly he was holding it again before 1330.  In 1366 the town and castle of Naro were granted to Count Matthew Chiaramonte of Modica (d.1377) by King Frederick IV (d.1377).  With the overthrow of Count Andrew of Modica in 1398 Naro was seized by the Crown who proceeded to keep a garrison in the castle until it was converted into a prison.  The castle has been much repaired in recent years.

The castle stands on the edge of a cliff above the town.  It has a quadrangular plan with a large cistern under the courtyard.  A large square tower keep stands at the east corner, while to the south is a D shaped tower.  Buildings lie between these two towers and along the inside of the western curtain wall.  The north front of the castle is centrally recessed to make an entrance portal which is flanked by a small square turret to the NE.  Beyond this to the north is a small semi-circular turret.  From there the curtain makes 2 angles back to the keep.  The walls consist of laid rubble with fine limestone quoins.

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