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Back to the Swabian period when Matteo Marcofaba Governor of Calabria was commissioned by Frederick II of repopulating and promote the development of the city. the castle was expanded by Charles of Anjou in 1289. The castle is today of cylindrical towers, rammed and a door to an archway of the Angevin period. It is now home to the Museo archeologico Nazionale.
Church of Santa Maria Maggiore e San Leoluca (Cathedral): built in the XVII century on the remains of an ancient Byzantine basilica of IX century. Are the 18th century altar in polychrome marble, from which there is a sixteenth-century sculpture in the round, Madonna della Neve and a Renaissance marble triptych by artist Gagini, depicting the Madonna delle Grazie, Saint John the Evangelist and St. Mary Magdalene, where you can also see the coat of arms of the Pignatelli family.
Despite the Castle Norman-Swabian is told, his first constructive phase dates back to not by Roger I as it is passed down by folk traditions, but at the time of Frederick II; It was enlarged in the 13th century by the Angevins. In some slight modification underwent 500 for adaptation to the residence. Damaged by an earthquake in the late 18th century, it was used as a prison. By 1969 the State Archaeological Museum houses, named after Vito Capialbi count, which in the 19th century was a scholar and archaeologist.
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"The Museum is housed in the old Dominican convent from the 15th century and was founded on December 22, 1988, at the behest of Archpriest Onofrio and Toast houses works from the whole territory dating vibonese between the 15th and 19th centuries, such as bronze statues by Cosimo Fanzago (1591-Naples, Clusone, 1678), from the Charterhouse of Serra San Bruno and the two survivors of the" statues "triptych Gagini" ". Inside the rooms are also exhibited some paintings attributed to painters monteleonesi and Neapolitans; old missals. vestments of well-made and many liturgical objects, among which