Posts tagged ‘Historic’

Seville – Real Alcázar

The Alcázar of Seville (Spanish: Los Reales Alcázares) is among the most beautiful buildings I have seen so far. It is still the residence of the Spanish royal family when they visit Seville. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site, next to the Cathedral and the Archive of the Indies, in 1987. Read more

Skulls in the Fontanelle Cemetery

Skulls in the Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples, Italy.

Fontanelle Cemetery, Naples, Italy

The Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples, Italy, is an ossuary, a charnel house. In the past, they were stacked in a tuff quarry the corpses of the great plague of 1656 and the 1836 cholera. In this ossuary Neapolitans spontaneously developed a real cult of the dead. People adopted and took care of the skulls hoping to receive favors.

Devil’s Hand

The rock and the ghost town of Pentedattilo, Calabria, Italy.

Pentedattilo, Italy

On Easter night of 1686, 40 armed men enter the castle nestled in the rock formation above the village of Pentedattilo. In a merciless action they exterminated all the Alberti family, lords of Pentedattilo. After this tragic event the locals start to nickname the rock Devil’s Hand. At sunset, the warm sun rays color the sandstone rock reddish suggesting the blood shed in the night of the massacre. Nowadays remain only a few ruins of the castle and the village of Pentedattilo is now a ghost town.