Catania – I palazzi barocchi costruiti in pietra lavica

Catania is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea, between Messina and Syracuse. It is the capital of the eponymous province, and with 298,957 inhabitants (752,895 in the Metropolitan Area) it is the second-largest city on the island.The position of Catania at the foot of Mount Etna was the source, as Strabo remarks, both of benefits and evils to the city. For on the one hand, the violent outbursts of the volcano from time to time desolated great parts of its territory; on the other, the volcanic ashes produced a soil of great fertility, adapted especially for the growth of vines.Under the city run the river Amenano, visible in just one point, south of Piazza Duomo and the river Longane or Lognina.

Catania, nel corso dei suoi 2700 anni di storia (la sua fondazione risale al 730 a.c.), ha vissuto epoche di splendore e di distruzione. E’ stata una città greca, romana, bizantina, araba, normanna, sveva, angioina, aragonese, spagnola: dunque, inevitabilmente, una città aperta e tollerante.
Ma soprattutto Catania può essere considerata un simbolo della rinascita: tante volte distrutta dalle forze della natura – il suo Vulcano, i terremoti – e dai conquistatori che in più occasioni l’hanno saccheggiata e rasa al suolo, altrettante volte è risorta dalle macerie, con perseveranza e coraggio.
Catania è una città di 297.842 abitanti,capoluogo dell’omonima provincia. È il secondo comune della Sicilia per popolazione e per densità abitativa comunale, nonché la più popolata delle città italiane che non sono capoluogo di regione. L’agglomerato urbano comprende una popolazione di circa 600.000 abitanti,mentre l’area metropolitana ne conta circa 750.000, rendendo la metropoli etnea una delle più popolose d’Italia.In epoca storica, è stata distrutta ben sette volte da eruzioni vulcaniche (la più grande, in epoca storica, è quella del 1669) e da terremoti (i più catastrofici sono stati quelli del 1169 e del 1693).Il suo centro storico è stato dichiarato patrimonio dell’umanità.

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Une ancone

This is called in Furlan an ancone. The word comes from the Greek eikon, like the Italian icona. We don’t refer to an ancone as a small picture of the Virgin or Saints that is kept at home, but as an image, or more images, in a small building like this. The italian word ancona refers to something similar, but only to images kept on the altar of a church (italian synonym is pala d’altare).
This ancone is quite large, having the form of a brick wall aedicule with three niches. Similar aediculae are found along roman roads, dating two thousands years b.p..
An ancone is usually built at crossroads or where a road passes through a mountain pass. In this particular case the place is a sort of small pass on the hills between the Cuâr (Corno) and Judri (Judrio) valleys. The reasons for building such structures are at least two. The first is to protect wayfarers against "Evil". Crossroads are known as places where witches met, and high places are as well used as meeting point for them. This reason mixed with the need of confirming the christianity of places that were still considered sacred by people, even if this were pagan sacred sites. Many sacred buildings in Europe, and so even in Friûl, are on places considered as sacred since more than three thousand years b.p..
The concern of the Church for the pagan culture resistance in this area was great, even if Aquileia was the main christian centre of a wide area since the first centuries a.C.; the more, you ought consider that our ancestors had their own pagan "army against evil", formed by the benandants, referred to as "good wizards" or "good witches". This was of course unacceptable. Well, that’s another story.

Credit goes to Flickr (Cjasar ) for this evil building. Original date: 2008-09-23 06:37:39

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered double arcade formed of two glass-vaulted arcades at right angles intersecting in an octagon, prominently sited on the northern side of the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, and connects to the Piazza della Scala. Named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of united Italy, it was originally designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.
The street is covered over by an arching glass and cast iron roof, a popular design for nineteenth-century arcades, such as the Burlington Arcade, London, which was the prototype for larger glazed shopping arcades, beginning with the Saint-Hubert Gallery in Brussels (opened 1847), the Passazh in St Petersburg (opened 1848), the Galleria Umberto I in Naples (opened 1890) and the Budapest Galleria.

The central octagonal space is topped with a glass dome. The Milanese Galleria was larger in scale than its predecessors and was an important step in the evolution of the modern glazed and enclosed shopping mall, of which it was the direct progenitor. It has inspired the use of the term galleria for many other shopping arcades and malls. The use of the iron structure has inspired also the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. Below the dome is the centre mosaic shield[Cite] of the mall, and to the west of the design is a tradition that suggests that you have a spin with your right heel on the mosaic bulls “attributes”, one of the 102 glass designs that make up the pavement of the Galleria’s splendid central octagon. Once a gesture to ward off evil, it has become part of the Milanese tradition and has such a following that a deep hole has formed in the pavement.

The picture shows a triumphal arch motif in the Piazza del Duomo entrance

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Basilica of Saint Peter

As seen on Flickr (Ally Wisteria ) for this terrifying evil building. Original date: 2009-02-08 02:13:41

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The New Theatre Teatro Nuovo

The New Theatre is the second opera of Verona and the Veneto , in addition to being one of the major Italian theaters. It is currently used for most representations of prose and musical works, or conference.
The theater was inaugurated on September 12th 1846 , with a work ever staged in Verona (the world premiere took place six months prior to the Teatro La Fenice in Venice), Attila by Giuseppe Verdi . Among the performers one was particularly well known, the soprano Rita Bass Borio . Work was combined with dance illusions of a painter

For the opening of the theater, the Verona Victor Merighi composed a sonnet patriotic: he wrote a sonnet dedicated to the first woman Rita Bass Borio which thrilled the audience, which was distributed together with other flyers, so that the police would not notice. The poem in fact said:

" Woman, now roaring of the wind, and the storm
pregnant rotation, and thunder shudders to give notice to Austria death, and life in Italy Appeals »
The season continued with Ernani Verdi and the good of Mercadante .

At the closure of the theater season, a new ode was composed, almost a hymn to ‘ Italy personified in the artist Conti and against the Stranger, who cowardly and evil have the perpetual grin on Italy . The Journal of Verona , controlled by the Austrian police , he could not deny what had happened, but did not explain the real reason for the enthusiasm nor the content of the ode.

The viceroy to the theater
In the two years that followed there were at the Teatro Nuovo for the most dramatic, and March 18 arrived in Verona even the Viceroy of the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia , to attend a drama. Police to create consensus popularized the rumor that he had come to bring some benefits to the city. On the same day the news came that Vienna was rioting, and that Metternich had fled, and the Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria had to concede the Constitution .

The announcement spread to Verona , and citizenship came to the New Theatre during the show. The chronicles tell of a true delirium, and a festive crowd and praising all ‘ Italy and Pope Pius IX . The theater was closed for this until the end of 1849 . The theater was closed again in 1858 by the military authorities.

Up to the present day
On January 2, 1862 , the theater was reopened with Il trovatore , then, from 1872 , the Martha by Friedrich von Flotow (which was unsuccessful). In 1893 there was Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo . In 1901 there was the first of masks of Pietro Mascagni , which was done simultaneously in seven cities. In 1909 the theater was closed for safety.

Reopen in 1914 with Tosca by Giacomo Puccini in 1915 The Barber of Seville , in 1919 a Lohengrin , in 1930 a Madama Butterfly , in 1932 Lucia di Lammermoor , in 1940 a Manon by Massenet and Andrea Chénier . In 1943 , during the war, were represented La traviata and La bohème .

The theater at the end of the war was in poor condition so much so that he had to close. There were quite a lot of renovations, which ended in 1949 . On 2 October 1949 the theater was finally reopened. From this point onwards, however, the theater billboard focuses on the representation of shows mostly in prose and in hosting conferences and cultural events.

In the New Theatre then became home to the Teatro Stabile di Verona, recognized in 2005 by the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities Teatro Stabile.

austere neoclassical fact the main facade of Viviani Square is dominated by a colonnade in white and gray stone. The room is Italian style, with two rows of boxes (except two small portions at the proscenium where orders are three) with Ionic columns, a balcony and a gallery. The environment, from simple white painting, it is enriched with golden decorations and clock located above the proscenium (on example of citizen Philharmonic Theatre ). The theater has a little reduced, which is accessed, rather than the main entry Piazza Viviani, from the side overlooking the Piazzetta Navona .

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The Florence Baptistery #2

This mosaic cycle depicts in the three sections above the high altar, the Last Judgment with a gigantic, majestic Christ and the Angels of Judgment at each side by Coppo di Marcovaldo, the rewards of the saved leaving their tomb in joy, and the punishments of the damned. This last part is particularly famous: evil doers are burnt by fire, roasted on spits, crushed with stones, bit by snakes, gnawed and chewed by hideous beasts. These scenes remind us of later works showing us in grisly detail the horrors of hell, such as The Last Judgment or the panel Hell (from the triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights), both by the Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch.

Credit goes to Flickr (ChrisPearce ) for this cool evil building. Original date: 2014-10-19 00:21:15

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part of the ceiling of the Baptiserium

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The baptistry is crowned by a magnificent mosaic ceiling. The earliest mosaics, works of art of many unknown Venetian craftsmen (including probably Cimabue), date from 1225. The covering of the ceiling started under the direction of the Franciscan friar Jacopo da Torrita and was probably not completed until the 14th century.

This mosaic cycle depicts in the three sections above the high altar, the Last Judgment with a gigantic, majestic Christ and the Angels of Judgment at each side by Coppo di Marcovaldo, the rewards of the saved leaving their tomb in joy (at Christ’s right hand), and the punishments of the damned (at Christ’s left hand). This last part is particularly famous: evil doers are burnt by fire, roasted on spits, crushed with stones, bit by snakes, gnawed and chewed by hideous beasts.
The other scenes on the ceiling depict different stories in horizontal tiers of mosaic : (starting at the top) Choirs of Angels, Thrones, Dominations, and Powers; stories from the Book of Genesis; stories of Joseph; stories of Mary and the Christ and finally in the lower tier : stories of Saint John the Baptist.

This magnificent evil building was discovered at Flickr by user kelsk . Original date: 2009-07-15 10:09:18

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This monstrous evil building was seen on Flickr by user dgtl1 . Original date: 2013-04-13 02:23:43

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Siena – Torre del Mangia (Photoscan)

La torre del Mangia si erge sul lato sinistro del Palazzo Pubblico di Siena, è alta 88 metri e può essere definita un esempio di leggerezza ed eleganza architettonica. La posa della prima pietra risale al 1325 e fu completata fra il 1338 e il 1348 dai perugini Muccio e Francesco Di Rinaldo diretti dal maestro Agostino di Giovanni.
La torre è interamente costruita in laterizio con coronamento in pietra e cella campanaria su cui si giunge per mezzo di quattrocento scalini che permettono l’accesso alla sommità e da cui si può godere di un eccezionale panorama.
Il nome curioso si deve al suo primo campanaro Giovanni di Duccio, soprannominato il Mangiaguadagni, che nel 1347 fu incaricato di scandire le ore ma che sperperò tutti i suoi risparmi gozzovigliando nelle osterie di Siena.
La torre del Mangia è una delle più alte d’Italia e ha storicamente svolto la funzione di torre civica, quindi senza ruolo religioso. Secondo la leggenda le pietre ai 4 angoli della torre del Mangia contengono monete portafortuna con incise lettere ebraiche e latine. Questa usanza era molto diffusa nel Medioevo con l’intento di preservare gli edifici dalla sventura.
Immagine digitalizzata tramite scanner da diapositiva scattata nell’anno 1998 con macchina fotografica Nikon 401X.

The Torre del Mangia rises on the left side of the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena, is 88 meters high and it can be described as an example of architectural elegance and lightness. The foundation stone was laid in 1325 and the tower was completed between 1338 and 1348 by Rinaldo and Francesco Di Muccio from Perugia conducted by Agostino Di Giovanni.
The tower is built entirely in brick with stone coping and to go on the belfry there are four hundred steps that allow the access to the top where you can enjoy an exceptional view.
The curious name is due to Giovanni di Duccio, first bell man, nicknamed the Moneyeater: in 1347 he was commissioned to mark the hours but he squandered all his savings carousing in the taverns of Siena.
The Torre del Mangia is one of the highest in Italy and it has historically served as a civil tower, so no religious function. According to legend the stones to the four corners contain lucky coins engraved with hebrew and latin letters. This practice was widespread during the Middle Ages with the intent to preserve the buildings from evil.
This digitized image is scanned from a slide taken in 1998 with Nikon 401X camera.

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