Photographer's Note

A great architectural contrast

The Castel Nuovo goes back to 1279 whose construction was decided by Charles Ier d'Anjou. Indeed during the XIIIe century, the Maison d'Anjou succeeds Normans and Naples becomes thus the capital of the kingdom Angevin directed by Charles Ier d'Anjou, brother of Saint Louis, in 1266.
In 1442, Alphonse V from Aragon (Alphonse Ier, king of Naples and of Sicily) undertake an integral rebuilding of this castle for his triumphal entry in Naples. To commemorate this event a triumphal arch, very out of white marble, will be built since 1452 at the entrance of the castle. This "Triumphal arch" is a completely remarkable monument from its architectural design which is completely opposed to that of the Castle itself! Moreover it should be known that many artists collaborated in his creation.
Today the Castel Nuovo shelters one of the many museums of Naples and more particularly "The Neapolitan Society of National History "(founded in 1875).

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