Castello Franceschelli

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Franceschelli Castle is a fortified palace in Montazzoli, Chieti, Abruzzo.


The ancient castle dates back to the Norman era (11th century). The castle was abandoned in the 15th century, so the medieval era is not well represented. The remainder of the castle was repaired and made into a baronial edifice in the seventeenth century by the aristocratic Franceschelli family.

A buttressed basement and a little corner section of the north facade, which was reconstructed following the 1907 earthquake, are still visible. One enters an inner courtyard through a sandstone and limestone doorway, which is covered in a barrel vault with lunettes and contains the beam that operated the drawbridge.

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