Andria

Castel del Monte - Andria

Andria houses the provincial council and it's a registered office of the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, and is also part of the National Association of the City of Oil.

Its territory allows it to be by far the largest town of the entire Northern area of Bari, much of it is included in the Alta Murgia National Park.
There are several versions of the origins of the city and its name: founded by the mythical Diomedes, who gave it the name of Andros or some say it arose as a result of the evangelization of the area by the apostles St. Peter and St. Andrew, taking its name from the last, that was forced to reside for a long time here due to a disease.

In 1046 it was taken from the Byzantine Empire by Peter the Norman,along with Trani and the rest of its territory and as other centers (Barletta, Bisceglie and Corato) became a fortified city, raising it to the rank of 'civitas', with twelve towers, three doors and a fortress at the highest point.

Andria built in honor of Frederick II on his return from the sixth crusade, St. Andrew's door on which was carved the famous words of the Emperor: " Andria fidelis, nostri affixa medullis; absit, quod Federicus sit tui muneris iners, Andria, vale, felix omnisque gravaminos expers".

The historic center of the city is characterized by a striking and dense maze of streets and narrow alleyways overflowing with monuments of great value.

Outside the town, on top of a hill, is located Castel del Monte that was built in the thirteenth century
by Frederick II of Swabia, with the only three-mullioned window facing the city;the castle is the symbol of the city and the whole Puglia, is part of UNESCO's World Heritage Site and attracts a significant flow of tourists.

Castel del Monte is depicted on the 1 cent euro coin.

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Puglia is a region of Southern Italy that homes 4.084.035 inhabitants.The capital of Puglia is Bari. It has borders with Molise,Campania and Basilicata and it's washed by the Adriatic and Ionian seas.It includes the provinces of Bari, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce, Taranto.

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