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Erice - City of Science and Peace

Erice, Sicily, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe dating from earlier than 900 BC.
It was probably founded by Phonecian settlers, who built the first walls, still exiting. Then it was
settled by the Elimites, who built the temple of Segesta. And then Romans (to be) and Greeks.

From the time of the Normans, the town was named Monte San Giuliano. In the 1930s under Mussolini,
the town was renamed to recall its ancient past; Monte San Giuliano, formerly Eryx, became Erice.
  
Its praises were sung by the poet,Virgil,in the Book V of the Aeneid.
"Then, on the top of Eryx, they begin
A rising temple to the Paphian queen (Venus Idalia).
Anchises, last, is honor'd as a god;
A priest is added, annual gifts bestow'd,
And groves are planted round his blest abode.
Nine days they pass in feasts, their temples crown'd;
And fumes of incense in the fanes abound."

The Cult of Venus Ericina had begun.
 
 
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Cows in Erice!
Cows in Erice!
View to the east from the San Rocco tower
View to the east from the San Rocco tower
Cliffs and Castles: The Home of Erycina Venus
:: Cliffs and Castles: The Home of Erycina Venus ::
The chapel in San Francesco
The chapel in San Francesco
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DSF_9676_7_8.jpg
The Nuovo  Edelweiss retaurant on the main square at dusk
The Nuovo Edelweiss retaurant on the main square at dusk
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DSC_6877.jpg
Castelli di Monterice
Castelli di Monterice
The small, castellated tower of Torretta Pepoli
The small, castellated tower of Torretta Pepoli
The Norman castle at dusk
The Norman castle at dusk
San Giovanni at Twilight
San Giovanni at Twilight
Erice's Main Street
Erice's Main Street
Castle of Frederick II
Castle of Frederick II
Trapani at night as seen from Erice
Trapani at night as seen from Erice
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DSF_7295.jpg
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