Restored Svevo castle in Bari prepares to reopen

Oct 06, 2017 1128

Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini on Tuesday inaugurated the restored first-floor rooms of the Svevo Castle in the Puglia regional capital of Bari ahead of their opening to the public shortly. The space, which until recently hosted the offices of the Superintendent of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape, will soon be used to display contemporary artworks and archaeological remains and as a space for concerts, debates and international congresses. The Superintendent's offices have been transferred to the monumental complex of Santa Chiara, which has also just been restored. The combined restoration project cost a total of 8 million euros.

The new space is set to make the Svevo Castle a strong competitor to Castel del Monte, a World Heritage Site in the nearby town of Andria and currently the number two visitor attraction in Puglia despite its limited space. "We will offer more culture and with the opening of a second floor we aim to double visitor numbers," said Svevo Castle director Rosa Mezzina. However, eight surveillance staff members need to be assigned to the new rooms before they can open and the space must first come under the formal auspices of the Pugliese museum network, which will organise the cultural initiatives there.

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