Hiking to Castello Santa Caterina on Favignana Island

Castelo di Santa Caterina - on Favignana Island Sicily - the terrace at the top

Castello Santa Caterina on Favignana Island today stands as a historic castle, or more of an abandoned fortress in somewhat of a deteriorating state.  Originally built as a Saracen Watchtower (an Arab or Muslim, especially at the time of the Crusades) around 500 or 600 it was enlarged into a castle at a date suspected around the eleventh century.  It’s dungeon once housed political prisoners.  Walking through the Castello Santa Caterina is like stepping back into a war-torn abounded structure.  The debris filled rooms have molding stucco falling to the ground, rusted generators, iron post beds, Military barrels, ceramic toilets and baths.  On top of the fortress, we saw a rusted old satellite blown over that looked like the wind had beaten it badly.

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