Lierna Castle

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Lierna Castle
Castello di Lierna
Lierna, Lake Como
Coordinates 45°57′57″N 9°18′04″E / 45.96583°N 9.30111°E / 45.96583; 9.30111Coordinates: 45°57′57″N 9°18′04″E / 45.96583°N 9.30111°E / 45.96583; 9.30111
Type medieval castle
Site information
Owner private and public museum
Open to
the public
in part
Condition restored
Other site
Site history
Built 10th century CE
Materials stone and mortar
  • military use until 16th century CE
  • civilian use since
Battles/wars Como-Milan War

Lierna Castle (Italian: Castello di Lierna) is an Italian castle on the eastern side of Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. The castle is built on a peninsula that protrudes into the lake[1] and consists of a group of connected buildings, rather than a single building, the main portion of the current buildings was constructed in the 10th century in Romanesque style upon former Roman ruins.[2] The castle includes the 11th-century church of Saints Maurice and Lazarus (Chiesa dei Santi Maurizio e Lazzaro), associated with the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus.[2]

The castle is occupied by the people of the frazione of Castello in the comune of Lierna,[3][4] it is the northwestern most of the eleven frazioni of Lierna comune.


The last military use of the castle was in the mid-16th century by Gian Giacomo Medici, known as "Medeghino" (the "small Medici"), who was primarily a mercenary.[5]


  1. ^ Ratcliffe, Lucy; Teller, Matthew (April 2012). The Rough Guide to the Italian Lakes (Third ed.). Rough Guides. p. 222. ISBN 978-1-4093-5931-9. 
  2. ^ a b "Lierna Castle - Lake Como". Como and its Lake. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Chiesi, Gustavo (1894). La patria; geografia dell' Italia: Provincia di Milano. p. 206. 
  4. ^ "Lierna". Como and its Lake. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Piccoli appunti di Storia" (PDF) (in Italian). Comune di Lierna. Archived (PDF) from the original on 11 December 2015.  from the Storia di Lierna by Aurelio Goretti and Franca Panizza.

Further reading[edit]

  • Franca Panizza, Il Castello di Lierna, Ed. Cattaneo Paolo Grafiche, Oggiono, 2003