There is very little information on the history of Castello dei Doria, and what remains clear is: this magnificent castle perched on the hill of St. Matthew in the province of Sassari, Sardinia is a stunning piece of medieval history, and a must-see for every traveler to the area. Admission free, with panoramic views all around.
The castle was named after Eleanora of Arborea‘s mother-in-law Giacomina Doria. Eleanora of Arborea is a renowned heroin to many of the islands’ residents. From 1383 to her death, she was one of the most powerful judges in Sardinian history.
Castello dei Doria, Chiaramonti
It’s an impressive building dating back to the 12th century when the Doria family (originally from Liguria) had it built as part of their defensive line in the historical region of Anglona, Sardinia.
There are a number of castles and towers all over Sardinia which were built in medieval times to protect against attacks and thieves; like the ruler of Arborea, Mariano IV, who longed to own the castle, as well as King Peter IV of Aragon who in turn, hoped to gain possession of the castle thanks to a marriage in which he had close relations.
In 1448 the castle was transformed into a church – The Parish Church of St. Matthew – San Matteo, Chiaramonti. Today it dominates the valley below with spectacular views from north to south.
What went on inside these walls during medieval times?
Castello dei Doria is rich in legends, story and war. Left for the spirits to tell the tales for a hundred years and more.
During my research for this article I found that this castle has, and does go by several names:
- Castello dei Doria
- Castello Doria
- Castel Doria
- Castello di Chiaramonti
- Chiaramonti Castle
Have you seen this stunning gem perched high up in the Sardinian sky?