The Castle of Venus at Erice, Sicily

(Image: Gabriele Margapoti, cc-3.0)

The Norman Castle of Erice, Sicily, Italy, sits where the ancient temple shrine of Venus (worshiped by the Romans) once stood, which is why it is often called Venus Castle. Viking descendants, the Normans, took Sicily and built Erice Castle in the 12th century. The Balio Towers were built as a defence and were originally connected to the castle by a drawbridge rather than the steps seen today.

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