Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto(South-eastern Sicily)

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作者コメント                                                                     シチリア島東南部にある8つの町の街並みが世界遺産登録を受けているのである。これらの町は普通に現在も居住者が多く存在している町である。世界遺産の町で今も生活をしている人々がいる、何か不思議だなと思いました。1度は訪れてみたいですね。  菅野勇輝



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Late Baroque Towns of the Valdi Noto,South-eastern Sicily

Inscribed :1979 Criteria: C (iii)

The eight towns in south-eastern Sicily: Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli, were all rebuilt after 1693 on or beside towns existing at the time of the earthquake which took place in that year. They represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement. Keeping within the late Baroque style of the day, they also depict distinctive innovations in town planning and urban building.

Late Baroque Towns of Val di Noto(South-eastern Sicily) (Bryggen Foundation)




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This group of towns in south-eastern Sicily provides outstanding testimony to the exuberant genius of late Baroque art and architecture. The towns of the Val di Noto represent the culmination and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe. The exceptional quality of the late Baroque art and architectur e in the Val di Noto lies in its geographical and chronological homogeneity, as well as its quantity, the result of the 1693 earthquake in this region. The eight towns of south-eastern Sicily that make up this nomination, which are characteristic of the settlement pattern and urban form of this region, are permanently at risk from earthquakes and eruptions of Mount Etna. Val di Noto is a geographical area of south east Sicily; it is dominated by the limestone Iblean plateau. In 1693 the entire area was decimated by an enormous earthquake.The areas people represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement. The area's towns were rebuilt in what came to be known as the Sicilian Baroque style; most notable the town of Noto itself, which is now a tourist attraction on account of its fine Baroque architecture. The ancient town of Akrai (Palazzolo Acreide) was founded in 664 BCE: it was the first colony of the Corinthian settlement at Syracuse. The Syracusans were currently expanding their power over the Sicilian interior. Little recorded the ruined town was rediscovered by the historian Tommaso Fazello at the end of 16th century. Further excavations in the early 19th century by Baron Gabriele Iudica, unearthed important facts concerning the early history of eastern Sicily. In June 2002, UNESCO inscribed eight old towns of the Val di Noto on the World Heritage List as "representing the culmination and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe". The towns inscribed are Caltagirone, Militello in Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa, and Scicli.Now there are 120,000 people in South-eastern Sicily.They live as usual in these towns.         

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chronological
年代上の、年代順の

homogeneity
同種、同質、均質

Mount Etna
エトナ山

Palazzolo Acreide
パラッツォーロ・アクレイデ(シチリア州の共同体)

testimony
証拠、宣言、聖書

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