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Castel Thun, stately mansion

Castel Thun is a splendid example of Trentino castle architecture.

Symbol of the ancient splendor of one of the most powerful families in Trentino, the magnificent and majestic Castel Thun overlooks Val di Non (Non Valley). Built in the 1250s, it was the main residence of the Thun family. The civil-military body is built in typically Gothic style, surrounded by a composite fortification complex with a regular plan consisting of lookout towers, bulwarks, crescent-shaped bastions, moat and a walkway. Famous is the Spanish Door - named to commemorate the legendary trip to Spain a young Thun had made - guarded by two small towers, the so-called Malta towers, and decorated with a charming ashlar work. Purchased by the Autonomous Province of Trento in 1992, Castel Thun is nowadays one of the venues of the Castello del Buonconsiglio Museum.

Among its numerous halls, still luxuriously furnished, special mention goes to the Bishop's room, which is entirely lined with Cimbrian wood and used to be inhabited by Prince-Bishop Sigismondo Alfonso Thun, and the Fireplace room, characterized by a magnificent Renaissance style fireplace. The Room of the Dead still bears on its blackened walls the traces of the candles lit during the funeral vigils. The castle's chapel, dedicated to Saint George, houses an interesting cycle of German school frescoes dating back to the second half of the 15th century.