In this chapter we will discuss one of the most impressive and characteristic buildings of the Euganean Hills Regional Park, the Catajo Castle.
The Catajo Castle is a monumental building rich in history, elegance and legends. It is located in Battaglia Terme and is considered by many to be the Palace of the Euganean Hills. This majestic dwelling, which was built in the 16th century by Pio Enea I degli Obizzi, is structured in over 350 rooms and, outside, in vast gardens where we can find two magnolias of the eighteenth century and a gigantic American sequoia. Considered as one of the most important European historical residences, the Castello del Catajo is a unique building because it was a princely villa, military accommodation, literary cenacle and imperial palace.
Precisely for this reason, over the course of time it underwent many changes, such as the expansion of the '600 where, in fact, was transformed into a ducal palace by the Asburgo-Este family, or the next, where he was elected imperial residence of the Habsburgs, emperors of 'Austria. Today the castle is privately owned but is open to the public with a museum function or for special events.
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