Continuing part 1 of Palermo trip, here are some more pictures of the historical sites in the city.
This is Chiesa di San Cataldo, a small church built in 1160. It is another trace in the city of the Arab – Norman architecture. On the church roof there are three Arabian style domes.
The tower seems like a minaret of a mosque than a church tower.
Entry of the church.
Moi standing in front of Chiesa di San Cantaldo.
Next to Piazza Bellini there is Piazza Pretoria. This square was built in the 16th century. In the middle of the square there is a beautiful fountain called Fontana Pretoria.It is surrounded by the town hall, a church and two palazzi (two palaces).
The fountain was made in Florence from 1552 – 1555 by the Florentine sculptor Francesco Camilliani, assisted by Michelangelo Naccherino an several apprentices which was a common practice back then. It is one of most beautiful Renaissance style fountains in Italy.
Originally the fountain was intended for a garden of Luigi de Toledo, Cosimo de Medici’s brother-in-law. De Toledo sold it in 1573 to Palermo Senate. It was installed on the Piazza Pretoria. The fountain consists of two tiers with sculptures of animals, monsters and naked gods, goddesses and nymphs made from fine white Carrara marble.
Due to the many nude figures this fountain is also called Fontana della Vergogna or the Fountain of shame literally and figuratively of the shameless corruption in the city. This one looks like a bathtub, don’t you think?
Leaving Piazza Pretoria to the right, there is Piazza Vigliena or better known as Quattro Canti. This square from the 17th century contains four Baroque style facades. Each corner represents a season. This one depicts the winter, located in the south to the Kalsa square where I stayed. Quattro Canti connects two major streets of Palermo, Via Maqueda and Via Vittorio Emanuele.
Despite the architectural grandeur and splendour of the past, Palermo is a poor city. Unemployment of Palermo is high due to its crisis and the battle with the dominant mafia. No, I haven’t met any Cosa Nostra members though.
Strolling in the neighbourhood of Via Cappuccini. My family and I wanted to see the typical Palermitan neighbourhood with our own eyes.
It is a pity to see the once excellent buildings are in state of advanced decay, like this palazzo.
Aside from the state of the city and as the rest of Sicily, I highly recommend Palermo to those who are interested in history, architecture and food. Story of the latter is coming up.
Palermo Falcone Borsellino airport is situated ca 35 km outside the city. The airport is named after two leading anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino who were murdered by the mafia in 1992. The aeroporto is a special one because of its location on the shore.
Grazie e arrivedeci Palermo. Till next visit!