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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Noto - 17th Century Sicilian Hill Town

Here are a few photos from our visit to Noto, a hill town in Sicily, Italy.  In the 17th century, a terrible earthquake killed many of the residents and destroyed the majority of the city.  The government recruited several brilliant architects to aid in the reconstruction.  The results are beautiful.  Noto was recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All the building facades have been sandblasted recently, so they look new - almost too new!

[Other recent Sicily articles: Mount Etna, Stromboli Volcano and the Aeolian Islands, UNESCO Roman Mosaics.]

Below is the ornate main door of San Francesco, one of the four huge churches along the main street through the center of town.  The street is only about a kilometer long.

Aging and corrosion have given this World War I monument a haunting look.

In this photo, the facade of the Duomo is visible behind the WWI monument.

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