|The town of Butera
Tourism in Butera
Butera is a very old town and there is an imposing Norman castle in the nice Piazza della Vittoria.
It was built in the 11th century and since then it has undergone much restoring.
Originally it was a fortress whose corners were surmounted by watch and defensive towers.
Inside, there is a court-yard from where one could access stables, storerooms and an oval tank.
Photo © Luigi Nifosì
Of great artistic value and effect is the donjon, whose rooms have beautiful sculptures, such as the Santapaus' coat of arms: a two headed eagle holding a chain and an unsheathed sword.
According to the legend, the castle of Butera was connected to the castle of Falconara through a very long underground path, excavated by Ugone Santapau.
He had received the two castles by King Martin I who wanted to thank him for his many favours.