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Castellaccio is in (Palermo Province) is 7 km. from Palermo, alt. 764 m.
On the Summit of Monte Caputo, overlooking Monreale, stands the powerful fortress of the Castellaccio, also known as the Castle of San Benedetto. It may have been originally founded by the Arabs, but William II reconstructed it, adding the church in the south part, and gave it to the Benedictine monks of Monreale. It was partially damaged in 1370 by Manfred Chiaromonte who took possession of it and expelled the monks. Over the centuries the building deteriorated steadily, until the Sicilian Alpine Club purchased it in 1899 as a summer resort for its members.
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