Thursday, 14 September 2017

Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica

This site contains remains of Greek and Roman times.

Church of Saint Lucia alla Badia
This postcard was sent from Switzerland by Isabella

The Church and the Cistercian convent dedicated to St. Lucia had a prominent place in Syracuse, because of its location in the heart of Ortigia and especially for the feast of St. Lucia in May, established in memory of a miracle of the Patron Saint during the famine of 1646 (still celebrated on the first Sunday in May), commemorated by an inscription still existing in the church below the choir of nuns. St. Lucia alla Badia seems to be built in two different styles, in the manner of the Picherali with reliefs of Spanish coats of arms and with the Rococo-style decorations. - in:

Street of Tombs in Neapolis Archaeological Park
This postcard was sent from Germany by Gabi

The park includes the northern part of the Neapolis quarter (one of the five city-quarters of Syracuse in the Greek and Romans periods) where the most famous monuments of the city were built; the Greek theatre (dated to the IIIrd cent BC as it appears today, but founded in the second half of the Vth cent.BC); the Roman amphitheatre (dated by some to the period of Augustus, by others to Septimus Severus); the Altar of Hieron II (a grand altar for public sacrifices) and the Street of Tombs cut deep into the bed-rock during the Hellenistic period and flanked by Byzantine hypogeums. - in:

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