Thursday, 30 October 2014

Lizards in Sicily

lizard, Sicily

A Sicilian lizard, living in Taormina.
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily


lizard

A Sicilian lizard, living near the Greek theatre in Syracuse.
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

Monday, 27 October 2014

The Cathedral in Syracuse

The facade of the Cathedral in Syracuse

The facade of the Cathedral in Syracuse, a powerful Sicilian-Baroque composition erected in 1728-54. It was designed by Andrea Palma.
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily



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Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Norman Rulers in Sicily

  • Roger I (c. 1031–1101 Mileto), also known as Great Count Roger I, Roger Bosso, The Great Count. Italian: Ruggero I di Sicilia.
  • Roger II (1095–1154)
    Rogerios Rex (inscription in mosaic, Martorana, Palermo)
  • Simon of Hauteville (1093–1105), also known as Simon de Hauteville (in French) and Simone D'Altavilla (in Italian). He was the eldest son and successor of Roger I, count of Sicily, and Adelaide del Vasto.
  • William I (1131–1166), also known as William the Bad or the Wicked
  • William II (1155–1189), also known as William the Good
The Normans landed in Sicily as mercenaries in 1061. In 1194 Sicily fell into the hands of the Germanic Hohenstaufen dynasty.

Monday, 20 October 2014

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On Wondersofsicily.com, you will find lots of pictures from Sicily, as well as background information.

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Normans in South Italy

 999–1017 Arrival of the Normans in Italy
1009–1022 Lombard revolt
1022–1046 Mercenary service
1046–1059 County of Melfi
1049–1098 County of Aversa
1053–1105 Conquest of the Abruzzo
1061–1091 Conquest of Sicily
1073–1077 Conquest of Amalfi and Salerno
1059–1085 Byzantine-Norman wars
1077–1139 Conquest of Naples
1194 Sicily falls into the hands of the Germanic Hohenstaufen dynasty


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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Ant on Isola Bella, Sicily



Ant captured and eaten by a spider on a cactus. The photo was taken on the beautiful little island Isola Bella near Taormina.
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

Monday, 13 October 2014

Francesco Tenuta Bevelacqua

Cefalù

Cefalù certainly was a beautiful city even in the mid 1800's. Here a detail of a painting hanging in the Museo Mandralisca in Cefalù. It was painted by Francesco Tenuta Bevelacqua (1814-1858).
The jewel of the collection is however a painting by Antonello da Messina: Portrait of an unknown man (1465)
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily


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La Rocca di Cefalù

La Rocca, Cefalù

La Rocca di Cefalù: The mountain forms a dramatic and spectacular backdrop to the little town Cefalù on the north coast of Sicily.
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

Norman Monuments in Sicily (selection)

  • Castelvetrano
    The little 12th Century church of ther SS. Trinità di Delia is, according to John Julius Norwich "the perfect fusion of Arab and Byzantine. [Link to the church on Google Maps]
  • Cefalù Cathedral
    "Though much of the inside is now distressingly baroque, the outside is exquisite and the great apse mosaic the most sublime masterpiece Sicily has to offer."
  • Forza d'Agrò
    The Basilian church SS. Pietro e Paolo is situated a few kilometres outside Forza d'Agrò. The inscription over the west door dates it to 1171-72. The church was built in the 560, then it was destroyed by the Arabs and it was rebuilt in the 1117. The church was restored by the architect Gherardo il Franco in the 1172 because of an earthquake.
  • Monreale
    Cathedral and cloister
    Castellaccio (12th Century) on the summit of Monte Caputo
  • Palermo
    The Palatine Chapel (In the Royal Palace, also known as the Norman Palace)
    Sala di Ruggero (In the Royal Palace)
    S. Maria dell' Ammariglio (the Martorana)
    S. Giovanni degli Eremiti
    S. Spirito (the church known for the Sicilian Vespers in 1282)
    The Royal tombs of Roger II, Henry VI, Constance and Frederick II (in the Palermo Cathedral / Duomo)
Source: John Julius Norwich: The Normans in Sicily: The Magnificent Story of "the other Norman Conquest"


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Cactus in Sicily


Cactus in Sicily

Cactus in Sicily.
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

La chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia, Syracuse (Siracusa)



The church of Santa Lucia alla Badia (La chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia) is situated on the Piazza Duomo in Syracuse. The Bavarian-baroque facade from 1695 is made of Luciano Caracciolo. Inside the church there is a very famous painting by Caravaggio (St. Lucia's funeral).
Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily


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