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A riddle Wrapped in Stone

By Susan Spano

Whether icon or equation, the castle has more vibes than “The Da Vinci Code,” as I discovered when I came here in February, drawn like iron shavings to a magnet. I didn’t know why I had to see it, except I love a good mystery. And Castel del Monte is surely one, a model for the labyrinthine library in Umberto Eco’s 1983 medieval whodunit, “The Name of the Rose.” I stood in the castle’s deserted courtyard at dusk, nerves taut, heart thumping, ears pitched, wishing the walls could talk.

Read the original article at: Los Angeles Times

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