Unesco World Heritage sites in Sicily

 
Unesco World Heritage Sicily
Valle dei Templi, Agrigento

The Valley of the Temples can be found just outside the city of Agrigento, on the southern coast of Sicily. Home to some of Sicily’s most impressive Greek ruins, it’s one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Built somewhere between 510 and 430 BC, the eastern half of the site contains some of the less damaged ruins: the Temple of Herakles (the most ancient temple), Temple of Concord and Temple of Hera (or Juno). The western half contains the Temple of Olympian Zeus impressive due to the fact it would have been over 110m long - along with other extensive remains including the Temple of Dioscuri. (1997)

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Villa Romana del Casale
Positioned at 721m above sea level, in the town of Piazza Armerina, central Sicily is the 4th Century AD Roman villa, Romana del Casale.
Built originally as a hunting lodge, this ancient construction is home to some wonderful examples of Roman mosaics. 37,674 sq ft of mosaic flooring was discovered in the mid-18th century, picturing everything from mythological scenes to daily Roman life. This is a great place to stop for an afternoon if touring across the island. (1997)
 

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The Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto
Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragua and Scicli, all located in south-eastern Sicily, are towns which were devastated by an earthquake in 1693. Rebuilt after this event, the towns now depict a wonderful array of unique, baroque architecture which is a true wonder to behold. Churches and cathedrals boast striking curves and flourishes from their flamboyant designs, and other buildings feature theatrical balconies, columns and coloured marble, all in keeping with this delightfully unique style of Italian architecture. (2002)

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Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica
With its Greek theatre, Roman amphitheatre, archaeological museum and the island of Ortigia (to name a few) Syracuse holds some of the most intriguing gems of the ancient world. The island of Ortigia is home to many Greek, Roman and Norman remains, including the Temple of Apollo, built in 7th century BC, and a breath-taking cathedral, built on the remains of the ancient Temple of Athena. Furthermore, a deep, limestone ravine carved by the Anapo and Calcinara rivers is where you can find the rocky necropolis of Pantalica. Located around 40km west of Syracuse, it contains roughly 5,000 burial chambers dating back to between the 13th and 7th centuries BC.

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Arab-Norman Palermo and the
Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale

The newest listed UNESCO heritage site (2015) in Sicily, nine civil and religious buildings are included, dating back to around 1130-1194 – the era of Norman Sicily. With churches, palaces, cathedrals and even a bridge being part of this site, the most notable are the cathedrals of Cefalú and Monreale. Cefalú cathedral is located around 70km from Palermo, and includes two large Norman towers, with impressive mosaic designs and antique columns inside. An extravagant structure, Monreale cathedral is frequently cited as the island’s greatest Norman building.
 

 

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