Views from the castle
...and here's Enna itself seen from the castle hill. See the steep road climbing up the hill? There's one more pic showing how the road winds at the lower part of the hill. By the way, there's no pavement or sidewalk so I wondered how people living at this road managed to visit their neighbours.
Views from the castle
The castle is said to be Enna's biggest attraction. It's still in a very good shape but what I liked best were the views.
Here's the view on Calascibetta - the picturesque town situated on another hill, facing Enna. Actually, we initially mistook it for Enna the first time we saw it, walking from the railway station.
Il castello di Lombardia
Enna's main attraction is the Lombard Castle, built by Frederick II in the early part of the 13th century. Many historians, however, agree that the castle was erected upon the ruins of an earlier fortification, possibly Arab or Byzantine. That older fortress could have been built on the remnants of an even earlier structure dating to the Roman period
The "Lombard Castle" originally had 20 towers, but only six have survived to the present day.
The Lombard Castle lies at the extreme northeastern end of Enna, and marks the end of Via Roma, Enna's main street.
From the outside the bulding represents mostly Baroque style, however in my opinion there is nothing exceptional in its construction and outside decoration, but quite the opposite I can say about the interior of Duomo.
Inside you'll see columns of black basalt, each with finely sculpted bases and capitals. The wooden coffered ceiling is absolutely fantastic.
The main thoroughfare of the city, near which concentrate majority of "must sees". It starts from Castello di Lombardia and leads down the hill to the Torre di Federico.
Isn't it a typical Sicilian picture? Just a couple of meters off the main road, you can see the sheets hanging like some weird theatrical decorations.... :))) but this is what some people like Sicily for, including me :))
Castello di Lombardia
The strategic position of the city itself simply obliged to build a fortification and it was done in the erliest times. Under Norman domination the castle was reinforced: several rooms and turrets were added.
Near the castle there is Rocca di Cerere, a former temple which was ddicated to fertility goddess, the view from there is breathtaking, forth climbing a few steps.
Under the walls of the castle there is the statue of Euno, a slave who started the Slave War.
Just walk.. it is a typical Sicilian town, very old, full of history.. stone streets, old buildings, beautiful views...
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