Ancient Noto

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Ancient Noto

” Allah protect a house in Noto

and clouds laden with rain be the lifeguard

I see it with eyes of remembrance

and I send it tears

I suffer nostalgia for home, friends

and the virtue of women

who parting, has left the heart in that land

with all of itself desiring to return,

my land! ”

(Ibn Hamdis, an Arabic poet who lived in Noto Antica during his youth)

The ancient town of Noto, was destroyed after the earthquake of 1693. It was under the dominion of the Romans, then under Arab domination and then under Ferdinand the Catholic. It was the birthplace of many prominent figures between the 14th and the 16th century, as well as one of the main military, economic and cultural centres of south-eastern Sicily. Surrounded by imposing walls (many of which are still standing) and by deep valleys meant it was never taken by force. Only the violent earthquake managed to destroy it.

 

 

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signage

 

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Castle

 

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the castle tower

 

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Castle prison

 

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Church of the Jesuits

 

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Cave of “the hundred mouths”

 

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Votive kiosk after the earthquake of 1693

 

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Noto Antica: Hermitage St. Mary of Providence

 

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Evidence of the presence of a Jewish community: Menorah

 

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Post Written By Daniele Valvo

Laureato in ingegneria elettrica presso l'Università di Catania, ho scelto con forza di non emigrare perchè legato alla mia Sicilia. Forte dei miei studi scientifici e desideroso di aiutare gli altri nel loro di percorso di vita, utilizzando il metodo Mindfulness, maieutica socratica, l'approccio scoutistico, stimolo l'energia interiore delle persone con attività d'introspezione in Natura. Con la mia ditta Siracua Tour costruisco anche applicazioni per la fruizione dei Beni Culturali del territorio ibleo, e effettuo progetti nelle scuole e per ultimo insegno Informatica presso i corsi di formazione.

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