Goethe's Sicily - Part 2: the Temples

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Goethe's journey through the most evocative places in sicily continues in the area of Calatafimi Segesta, of its archaeological site with the majestic Doric Temple of Segesta, described by Goethe in 1787: At the end of a long and wide valley, isolated at the top of a hill and at the same time surrounded by cliffs, it dominates a wide expanse of land , but only a short stretch of sea. The surrounding village is immersed in a melancholy fertility, all cultivated, yet almost devoid of human dwellings.
JW Goethe was struck by the exotic and silent landscape that stimulated his poetic soul. The journey then continues to the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, the largest in Europe, with the Acropolis and the remains of temples from the Hellenic era.
Selinunte is located near Castelvetrano, where you can visit interesting Renaissance and Baroque monuments and the small Church of the Holy Trinity of Delia, in Arab-Norman style.
Following in Goethe's footsteps we continue the journey towards Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples, savoring emotions that only these places can give; This is the description of the German writer: Never in all my life have I seen a splendor of spring like this morning at sunrise ... From the window we see the vast and gentle slope of the ancient city all in gardens and vineyards, under the thick green s 'guess just a few traces of the great and populous districts of the city of the past. Only at the southern end of this verdant and flowery slope does the temple of Concordia rise, to the east the few remains of the Temple of Juno; but from above the eye does not see the ruins of other temples ... instead it runs south towards the sea.

Known above all for the Valley of the Temples, which was declared in 1997 World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Agrigento, framed by centenary olive trees, almond groves and, towards the coast, by the sea, is full of churches and palaces of great artistic prestige: theAbbey of Santo Spirito, from 1260, which includes the monastery, a cloister, the civic Museum and Sinatra Gallery; The Cathedral of St. Gerland (Cathedral of the city), the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Greci, of the XII century. and the College of the Philippine Fathers, from 1703, home to permanent and temporary exhibitions such as the works of Raffaello Politi, Tommaso Santella or the collections of the master Gianbecchina.


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