Carrara Castle


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Built during the XIIIth century for Guglielmo Malaspina, the castle later became a military post as well as the Lords' residence. The statue of Iacopo Malaspina, first Lord of Massa and Carrara, can be seen under a low relief on the old castle gate, holding a sword in his left hand and a shield bearing the arms of the Spino Fiorito in the right one. The fortress was attacked only once, when Giulio Cybo-Malaspina assaulted his mother Ricciarda to gain control over the State of Massa-Carrara. Alberico I Cybo-Malaspina ordered the building of the palace beside the castle called “Castle of the Prince”. From 1815, according to Duchess Maria Beatrice d'Este's will, the stronghold hosted the Academy of Art.