Castello di Agira

Castello di Agira

Castello di Agira
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EddieMoney33
Yuma, AZ16 contributions
Awesome Views
Dec 2017 • Friends
It's a hike if you park at the bottom. But it is worth it. Bring a jacket. It's windy at the top. And bring a camera!
Written 7 January 2018
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,130 contributions
A worthy conclusion of the visit of Agira
Aug 2015 • Friends
The castle overlooking Agira isn't particularly well preserved: just three towers survive, then a part of the walls that surrounded it, an underground (probably a cistern) and little else.
But what makes great this castle, is on the one hand because it properly allows the understanding of the Agira's history, on the other the sweeping landscape, exceptional even for a mountainous and hilly country like this.
Agira in fact is a very ancient town, linked to the Hercules' cult of and famous among other for being the birthplace of the historian Dyodorus, said "Siculus" (I century BC). But it's significant that the city form isn't affected at all by Greek models and refers instead to the plans of Arab "medinas", with its typical maze of narrow streets and courtyards. So, Agira would be a decayed city in late antiquity, prosperous instead in Arab era (Arabs have ruled Sicily roughly since the middle of the ninth century until the mid of eleventh). From here comes probably the local tradition, that mentions the castle as Arab (or even "Saracen", according to the traditional diction).
But actually, on the one hand it appears that the top of the mountain was fortified even at an earlier age (certainly under Byzantine rule in Sicily, about mid-sixth century - mid-ninth century); on the other the current buildings show a stylistic evidence which refers to the thirteenth century (the age at which the holy Roman emperors of the "Swabia" house, Henry VI, then Frederick II, ruled the Sicily also).
Although you can arrive by car till close to the castle, an uphill walk from the city center is recommended, to appreciate the already mentioned town plan in form of "medina".
On the highest point of the castle there is a chapel (but more recent than the castle itself), in which, among other things, a lookout against fire takes place in the summer months.
The choice of this observatory is well based: the elevation of the hill on which the castle stands (824 mts. above sea level) and its isolation, allows a splendid view on this part of Sicily.
On clear days you can appreciate, inter alia, the view (towards east) of the entire profile of Mt. Etna, despite the current volcano cone is far more than 40 Km. On the north, the mountains of northern Sicily (the "Nebrodi"), on south and on south-east the valley of the Simeto river, and also, clearly visible on top of a peak, the city of Enna. Almost below the castle is instead Lake Pozzillo, a nice reservoir built for irrigation in the 1950s.
In conclusion, the visit to the castle should be considered a "not to miss" for anyone visiting Agira.
Written 12 August 2015
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