Palazzo Adriano
Castello Borbonico

Castello Borbonico in Palazzo Adriano is first mentioned as a hamlet in 1160 and later in 1182 as an inhabited place, Adrianum.  In 1277 it was still recorded as a hamlet and only finally in 1349 as a castle when Palacium Adriani submitted to the royal authority.  By 1374 it was held by Count Manfred Chiaramonte (d.1391), the lord of Caccamo.  On the execution of his son, Count Andrew of Modica in 1392, Palazzo Adriano was given to Galdo Millars who then sold it on to Bartolomew Russo.  It then passed through several hands, last being mentioned as a functional castle about 1500.

The castle was built within the early hamlet, probably by the Chiaramontes.  It consists of a rectangular enceinte roughly 170' by 100'.  A large rectangular tower, possibly originally the keep, is set to the wouthwest.  Another rectangular tower lay to the northwest, with a range of buildings lying between them.  The east side has been largely built over and
is now occupied by the Museum of Albanian culture.  The castles is built of rubble with poor quoining.  Many of the original openings in the fortress have been walled up and many new doors created at ground floor level for convenience.  The masonry has been recently pointed and consequently looks very fresh.

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