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Location address: Italia, Catania
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Castle Ursino was built, circa from 1239 to 1250, as one of the royal castles of Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily, closing a chapter on the turbulent time in Sicily that followed the death of his predessor, William II. Local lords had attempted to assert independence, and in 1220 Frederick II had ordered the destruction of all non-royal castles in Sicily. Castle Ursino was built to stress royal power as well as for the defence of the capital, and was considered impregnable at the time.