The Castle of Castellammare del Golfo
The Castle of Castellammare del Golfo has remote origins, as it was probably built in the Islamic period around the 10th century on the ruins of pre-existing fortifications. It was enlarged by both the Normans and the Swabians, who added walls and towers. The current trapezoidal shape was built by the Aragonese, while the remaining tower, called the “Bulwark”, dates back to 1537. The castle lies on a promontory surrounded by the sea. It was originally connected to the land by a drawbridge, which was later turned into a more permanent stone structure.
The Cathedral Church of Santa Maria del Soccorso
The Cathedral Church of Santa Maria del Soccorso in the historic centre of the town was built in the 16th century and renovated during the 17th and 18th centuries. Inside, one can admire the Baroque influence and the fresco-painted vault and a 16th century majolica statue of the Virgin Mary (1559).