The three castles of Bellinzona, with their high towers, crenellations and what remains of their ancient walls, are a complex of medieval military architecture unique in the Alps.
They are strategically located on the important north-south axis: the fortifications initially allowed them to defend themselves from both directions, thereafter to monitor (and tax) the traffic. Included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, the castles were built in several stages, but the bulk of what we see was built between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
• Castelgrande: the first to be built, on a hill already inhabited by 5500 B.C.
• Castle of Montebello: the second to be built, leads us straight into the Middle Ages
• Castle of Sasso Corbaro:last to be built, it is the highest of all the castles.
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