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Culture of Trapani. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Trapani Santuario Dell Anunziata remains the main historical symbol of Trapani. It is also famous under the following names: the Basilica-Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata or just “Madonna of Trapani”. The building of the first church on the site of the basilica started in 1315, but the church was ready only in 1332. The modern basilica is a harmonious combination of different architectural styles – that is quite typical for architectural landmarks in Sicily. In the design of the gorgeous basilica, it’s easy to notice elements of Gothic and Renaissance styles that are skillfully mixed with oriental motifs. The magnificent statue of Madonna that dates back to the 14th century is, without a doubt, the main relic of the basilica. Famous Italian sculptor Nino Pisano is the author of the sculpture. There is an interesting story of how the statue appeared in the basilica. It was a gift of a Pisan knight who found shelter and protection from the chase on the sacred land. For many centuries, the gorgeous basilica has been an important national symbol for all inhabitants of the city. Needless to say, it is the traditional venue for celebrations during various religious holidays.
There are not too many specialized children's activities in Trapani. It will be better to go here in the summer. You and your child can go to one of the two beaches close to the city to … Open
Travelers keen on the antique history will be more than pleased with their visit to Museo Pepoli. This museum exhibits collections of priceless archaeological artifacts that mostly belong to the ancient Greece and Rome epochs. A part of the museum has been transformed into a picture gallery that exhibits works of the most famous Sicilian artists. There are halls with unusual items, for example, the exhibition of handmade coral goods and decorations. Several hundred years ago, coral items were worth their weight in gold and were extremely popular with foreign merchants. Nowadays, it’s prohibited to make souvenirs from corals, so it’s only possible to look at these items in the museum.
Simply no traveler in Trapani can fail to visit Vittorio Emmanuele Square that is also the beginning of one of the most famous streets of the city - Corso Vittorio Emmanuele. This part of Trapani is rich in architectural landmarks with Palazzo della Gidecca being one of the most famous. It’s hard not to notice the palace as it has a very eye-catching décor of the façade. In the 17th – 19th centuries, only the wealthiest people in Trapani could build their mansions on that street. There is also an important landmark nearby - Church of Purgatorio. This church is famous because of ancient statues that are exhibited inside. During the Holy Week, these statues are taken outside for a solemn procession on the central streets of Trapani. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
More than a hundred restaurants are open in Trapani today. Traditional Sicilian dishes are served in them. The cuisine of the region is multi-faceted and diverse due to the mixing of various … Open
One of the most notable landmarks of the 17th century, Cathedral of San Lorenzo is another must-visit place. When describing the oldest buildings in Trapani, it is important to mention Church of St. Francis of Assisi. This church dates back to the 13th century and is famous for an important historic artifact – an ancient tombstone with inscriptions in Latin and Armenian. There are several theories about this tombstone. In accordance with one of them, members of the Armenian diaspora, who lived in Trapani, made the first religious landmark on the site of the church.
Las Salinas de Trapani Not everyone knows that salt has been one of the main symbols of Trapani. Actually, it was the “white gold” that fastened the prosperity and development of the city. The Phoenicians were the first ones to start the production of salt in this region. Nowadays, ancient salterns have become another landmark of this wonderful city. The ancient salterns are large complexes, many buildings in which are still in a good condition. During an excursion in this place, visitors will see old mills and pools used to extract salt from the sea water. There is even a museum dedicated to salt, Museo del Sale, an excursion in which will be no less entertaining. The exploration of magnificent landmarks of Trapani promises to become an unforgettable adventure.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Trapani
♥   Basilica S. Nicolò, Trapani, 2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Lorenzo Martire, Trapani, 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria Assunta, Alcamo, 38.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di SS. Salvatore, Mazara del Vallo, 41.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di Maria Santissima del Soccorso, Sciacca, 74.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Calogero, Monte di Sciacca, 75.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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In the heart of Rome, the Pantheon, built in the 2nd century under Emperor Hadrian, was preserved. The temple of all the gods was built during the heydays of Roman architecture and has a non-standard form for the pantheon. Its dome towers over the modern city till date, forcing mental flashbacks. On the banks of the Tiber you can see the Castle of the Holy Angel, built in the 2nd century which became the mausoleum of Adriana. For a long time after the adoption of Christianity, the castle was the center and symbol of papal authority. Today it houses a museum where you can get acquainted with the history of this amazing structure. The symbol of the Catholic Church is St. Paul's Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Europe and the largest historical temple in the world. It was built in the 17th century. Such masters as Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Bramante worked on decorating its facades. … Open
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Culture guide to Trapani. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Trapani: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Trapani. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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