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Castel del Monte
The great Emperor Frederick II, known as Stupor Mundi – Wonder of the World, is the “father” of Castel del Monte, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The extraordinary fortress sits on a gentle, green hill in the National Park of Alta Murgia, about 20 km (50 mi) away from Andria. The fortress might have originally been used as an astronomical observatory or as an imposing hunting lodge. Its mysterious octagonal base sets it significantly apart from all the other castles in Puglia. Castel del Monte is protected by splendid mythological creatures which adorn the keystones in the inside halls and the coral crushed stone doorframes.