1 Year Anniversary ? I Celebrate in Sicily

At the Teatro Greco

Siracusa, Sicily 2017

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Celebrating the 1 year anniversary of successful major surgery July 5, 2016

My Favorite Place to Eat in Palermo

Antica Focacceria San Francesco

View from my hotel Window

Alia / Roccapulumbo, Sicily

Hanging with Francesco and Giuseppe

Caffe Glamour, Lercara Friddi


My Grandparents Church

The DUOMO, Lercara Friddi

My Hotel on Ortigia

Domus Mariae Hotel

Siracusa, Sicily

View from my hotel balcony at Domus Mariae

The Isle of Ortigia

The Cathedral of Siracusa

It was built over a Greek Temple of Athena. dating back to the 5th Century BC (before Christ).You can see the Greek Columns left from the Greek Temple that the Cathedral (Duomo) was built upon. The Cathedral has several different architectural styles to it. The Cathedral di Siracusa was constructed in the 7th Century under Saint Bishop Zosimo. The building was converted to a Mosque in 878 under Moorish Rule, but was converted back to a church under Norman Rule when Roger I retook the city in 1085. The beautiful present day facade was built between the years of 1725 – 1753 and is classified as High Sicilian Baroque. It’s absolutely Gorgeous. As of 2015 the Cathedral holds a number of relics of Saint Lucy, the Patroniss of the city of Siracusa. The relics include; a robe, a number of bone fragments, a veil, and a pair of Saint Lucy’s shoes. The Cathedral shares the large Piazza with the Church of Santa Lucia Badia, a short walk to the south of the piazza. The Church of Santa Lucia Badia possess’s a monumental painting by Caravaggio painting of the Burial of Saint Lucy. I’ve been in many churches and Cathedrals all over the World. The Cathedral di Siracusa is one of the most beautiful of all.




The Church of Santa Lucia Badia, Ortigia, Siracusa




The Church of Santa Lucia Badia

According to The Golden Legend, Saint Lucy had bestowed her wealth on the poor, in gratitude for the miraculous healing of her mother. Denounced as a Christian by her own suitor who wrongly suspected her of infidelity, she refused to recant, offered her chastity to Christ, and was sentenced to be dragged to a brothel. Miraculously, nothing could move her or displace her from the spot where she stood. She was pierced by a knife in the throat and, where she fell, the church of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro in Syracuse was built.

Caravaggio had escaped from prison on Malta in 1608, fleeing to Syracuse. There his Roman companion Mario Minniti helped him get a commission for the present altarpiece. Caravaggio painted it in 1608, for the Franciscan church of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro. The choice of subject was driven by the fact that St. Lucy was the patron saint of Syracuse and had been interred below the church. The subject was unusual, but especially important to the local authorities, who were eager to reinforce the local cult of St. Lucy, which had sustained a setback with the theft of her remains during the Middle Ages


The Chiesa del Purgatorio, Agrigento, Piazza d’ Purgatorio. the statues, the work of Giuseppe and Giacomo Serpotta, represent the virtues: love, simplicity, charity, prudence, justice, religion, fortitude, meekness . Also noteworthy are the two seventeenth-century confessionals and the marble statue of the Madonna della Melograna, attributed to the Gagini school. Finally, the Chapel of the Crucifix is ​​splendid, covered with pure gold, the work of the sculptor Pietro Carletto.

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