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Erice: photo description (Erice)

The small town of Erice in the province of Trapani not far from the namesake town is located high above sea level and is visible from many points this area of Sicily. The historic centre of Erice, built in the Middle ages, deserves special attention of tourists. In the spring, when almost the whole city seemed shrouded in clouds, you can feel the exciting atmosphere of the past. But the city's location at high altitude creates certain inconvenience: since this place is ideal for mobile communication antennas, here and there among the medieval buildings can be seen protruding iron bars, a few spoil the enchanting landscape.

Erice was founded by elemname - the ancient mountain people who also founded Segesta. It was a religious center, originally dedicated to the goddess of fertility and, later, the Phoenician Astarte, then to Aphrodite and finally the Roman Venus. There are several legends about the creation of the city. According to one of them, Eric, the son of Poseidon and Aphrodite, was the founder of Erice: he lost the battle with Hercules, who allowed him to retain sovereignty, but took a promise that then the city will pass into the possession of one of the descendants of Hercules. In the days of the Arabs and the Normans fortified the city served as a refuge for residents of nearby Trapani.

Erice has a triangle shape, so it is difficult to get lost, but you can hike through the narrow medieval streets. For exploring the city, you can go to on the road signs - the tour starts from the Church of the Chiesa Matrice, located in the Western part of Erice, a few meters from the Norman gate of the Port of Trapani, and passes through all important buildings. The Church itself was built in 1314 it is the most impressive building in the city. From it the road leads to the castles, Pepoli Castello and the Castello di Venere - their view on the background of the mountains is breathtaking. Once in place, the Castello di Venere was a temple of Venus, later gave its name to the castle. Also pay attention to the Church of San Giovanni Battista and Carmine and visit the municipal Museum, which houses exhibits Dating from the early stone age. And Piazza San Giovanni offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside down to the sea.