The castle was built during the XNUMXth century, on the remains of a Carthaginian fortification built by Amilcare (according to Diodorus Siculus). It was located at the mouth of the canal that connected the Tyrrhenian sea to the port, and closed the city from the opposite side of the Castle to the sea. It was then enlarged at the end of the XNUMXth century by James II of Aragon.
In the nineteenth century the castle was enlarged and transformed into a barracks by the Bourbons.
It was then partially demolished in the seventies to build the offices of the Police Headquarters.
In 1992 the Superintendency of Trapani carried out a partial restoration and an archaeological excavation.
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