The Theatre of Cefalu - Salvatore Cicero

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The Theatre of Cefalu was finished in 1816, the work started in 1814, it has a particular shape of a "horseshoe", although deriving from the Italian baroque theater, refers to that type later characterized by a floor plan mix linear with more tiers of boxes, entrance, dividing wings radial pit slope. In 1884, larger jobs entrusted to the architect Emanuele Labiso, led to an expansion and the raising of the boxes  to obtain the gallery, by raising the volume of the audience. It is on this occasion that the antlers, the ceiling, the proscenium arch, the curtain, were the subject of a broad commitment entrusted to the decorative painter Rosario Spagnolo  from  Cefalu. In the fifties of the twentieth century, the theater became a cinema and later lived years of neglect. It was used by director Tornatore for some scenes of the famous movie "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" in 1988. In 1982 it was decided to name it after the Master violinist from Cefalu Salvatore Cicero, who died prematurely.

Since 1982 he comes to the delivery of the theater as we see it today, again, in step with the times, modern, but in the folds of the curtains always brings the voice, the wait, the smile and the tears of those who have lived through the pages the most important of their lives sitting on chairs to clap wooden auditorium and loggias of what was, and will be again, the theater people of Cefalu.



Fonte: Teatro Comunale Salvatore Cicero

The Cathedral

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The Cathedral of Cefalù, according to legend, was built as a result of the vow to the blessed Salavtore by Ruggero II, escaped to a storm and landed on the beaches of the town. The real reason seems rather political-military nature, given its character of a fortress. Construction events were complex, with significant difference compared to the initial project, and the building was never completed finally. The Cathedral is among those proposed to Unesco within the framework of the Arab-Norman Itinerary of Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale as world heritage site. The explorations carried out in the Cathedral have revealed a Byzantine polychrome mosaic polychrome assignable to 6th century: a central field in which there are some figures, framed by a motif of spinners and scales in the colours red, black and white, at least on one side, with a row of squares diagonally Central rose cut. The decorative repertoire find comparisons in Sicily. The mosaic is to be connected with a wall structure with three burials and was likely related to a Byzantine basilica, which is not possible to reconstruct the plan due to the presence of overlying structures of the Cathedral. The materials recovered in the polls attest to a human presence in the area until at least the 8th century, the period when Cefalù was already an episcopal seat.

Mandralisca Museum

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We may well define the Mandralisca Museum as an  interdisciplinary Museum including a remarkable archaeological collection, a wonderful malacological currency  among the richest in Europe, as well as fine furniture and objects already belonged to the family Mandralisca. It also includes the art gallery which contains approximately 7000 books today. The Museum originated from the ideas and ideals of an enlightened patron of the 19th century, Baron Henry Pirajno of Mandralisca. The pride of the Museum are two recognized masterpieces: the magnificent Portrait of a Man by Antonello da Messina, and the Sicilian red-figure crater on black background The tuna seller said. At  first it  is known all over the world for the novel by Vincenzo Consolo, the smile of the unknown Mariner, which it is inspired. The Museum still maintains today the intimate atmosphere of a home and the imprint of a private place of memories. 


Fonte: Museo Mandralisca

Medieval wash-house

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The laundry has a lava stone staircase which leads to a smooth surface by time and a series of pools that fill with water flowing from twenty-two iron mouths (including fifteen leonine heads) arranged along the walls topped by low times. Through a small cave, the water slides to the sea. In the tanks the supports are clear on which the ancestors was used to wash their clothes, the ladies took advantage of the continuous flow of water that ensured that hygiene so rare in the middle ages. The structure takes advantage of the course than a plaque placed on one of the pillars of the entrance indicates as Cefalino River. Cephalinus, according to legend, was born from the incessant tears poured from a nymph for having caused the death of his love.

The Rock

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What looks like a big hat is the "mountain" at whose base the historic town of Cefalù. The lower part Western is characterized by ruins of a number of mills and forced that conduits gathered and exploited the water coming down from that side. On this side the trail climbs, fortified in the middle ages, which makes it possible to climb the rock. Halfway up the perimeter of the rock is all enclosed by crenellated walls date back to the middle ages and the most recent ultimate in the 15th century. On the Western side of the wall where the door opens the trail access arrives. Always halfway up but in the small interior plateau of the castle there are the remains of a megalithic building dating back to the 9th century BC called Temple of Diana.  At the time North of the walls, overlooking a cliff just above the Cathedral of Cefalù and above all the village was erected a metal cross several metres high and night lights to dominate the landscape. On the top there are the remains of a medieval castle dating back to the XIII-XIV century, which give the name to l the whole Rocca, called u castieddu, the castle.

Why Cefalu ?

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