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Barocco Siciliano

The Sicilian Baroque style came to fruition during a major surge of rebuilding following a massive earthquake in 1693. Previously, the Baroque style that had been used on the island evolved from local architecture rather than being derived from the great Baroque architects of Rome. After the earthquake, local architects, many of them trained in Rome, were given plentiful opportunities to recreate the more sophisticated Baroque architecture that had become popular in mainland Italy; the work of these local architects inspired more others to follow their lead. Around 1730, Sicilian architects had developed a confidence in their use of the Baroque style. Their particular interpretation led to further evolution to a personalised and highly localised art form on the island. From the 1780s onwards, the style was gradually replaced by the newly-fashionable neoclassicism.
Characteristics of Sicilian Baroque :
Baroque architecture is a European phenomenon originating in 17th-century Italy; it is flamboyant and theatrical, and richly ornamented by sculpture and an effect known as chiaroscuro, the strategic use of light and shade on a building created by mass and shadow.
Trapani - Harbour
Trapani - Harbour
Trapani - Harbour
Trapani - Harbour
Trapani - Harbour 2
Trapani - Harbour 2
La Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Trapani
La Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Trapani
inside the Cathedral of Trapani
inside the Cathedral of Trapani
the cathedral of Trapani
the cathedral of Trapani
Trapani
Trapani
Trapani
Trapani
Trapani 2
Trapani 2
balcony detail
balcony detail
trapani 3
trapani 3
trapani
trapani
balcony details
balcony details
feeding the pigeons
feeding the pigeons
Marsala
Marsala
Marsala
Marsala
Marsala
Marsala
Marsala 2
Marsala 2
Trapani
Trapani
barocco reflections
barocco reflections
Marsala 3
Marsala 3
Marsala
Marsala
with s.p.
with s.p.
Cefalý
Cefalý
Cefalý -
Cefalý -
Church of St. Stefano.
Church of St. Stefano.
Cefalý - the Cathedral
Cefalý - the Cathedral
inside the Cathedral
inside the Cathedral
cefalý the cathedral stairs
cefalý the cathedral stairs
the Cathedral stairs.
the Cathedral stairs.
Cefalý-
Cefalý-
side street in Cefalý
side street in Cefalý
Cefalý beach
Cefalý beach
lively street life in Sicily
lively street life in Sicily
Cefalý
Cefalý
Cefalý beach
Cefalý beach
the trinacria
the trinacria
Cefalý beach
Cefalý beach
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P1260008.JPG
Cefalý streets.
Cefalý streets.
vespa
vespa
Cefalý side street
Cefalý side street
angioletti
angioletti
Cefalý
Cefalý
green door.
green door.
church of Piazza Armerina
church of Piazza Armerina
church Piazza Armerina
church Piazza Armerina
church of Piazza Armerina
church of Piazza Armerina
Piazza Armerina
Piazza Armerina
Piazza Armerina streets 2
Piazza Armerina streets 2
sicilian connection
sicilian connection
frutas
frutas
balconies in Piazza Armerina
balconies in Piazza Armerina
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P1260485.JPG
Piazza Armerina streets
Piazza Armerina streets
a hole through the door
a hole through the door
door in Cefalý
door in Cefalý
lane in cefalu
lane in cefalu
two for the price of one.
two for the price of one.
lines
lines
another little lane
another little lane
balconies
balconies
my friday s.p.
my friday s.p.
closed
closed
Ť chiuso, arrivederci!
Ť chiuso, arrivederci!
Salt fields in Trapani
Salt fields in Trapani
human work in the world.
human work in the world.
mountains of salt covered with red roof tiles.
mountains of salt covered with red roof tiles.
Erice
Erice
Erice.
Erice.
Erice
Erice
Erice.
Erice.