La Scala di Santa Maria del Monte 2

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The main landmark of the city is the 142-step monumental Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, built from 1608 in the old part of the town. The peculiarity is that each step is decorated with different hand-decorated ceramics, using styles and figures derived from the millennial tradition of pottery making.
On 25 July, Caltagirone celebrates St. Giacomo's day, the Patron Saint. On the Eve of 24 and 25 July the stairs are illuminated with thousand of colored oil lanterns to create a magnificent, original design. On 23 July there is a spectacular firework display from the public gardens, that can be seen from the whole city.
The month of May is dedicated to the Madonna and the stairs become a fabulous display of colourful plants. During the Easter period, on Good Friday, you can watch the procession of Jesus Christ. On Easter Sunday there is the miracolous procession in the main square where the giant statue of St. Peter reunites the Madonna with her resurrected son Jesus, a very touching

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  • Merci Marie, Vous avez raison, cet endroit est vraiment une merveille.
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  • Ces 5 PPS sur Caltagirone sont fantastiques ! Je suis allée en Sicile mais le ne connaissais pas cet endroit ... Merci de nous faire cnnaitre cette merveille !
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  • I will delete your comment because it is not true! I read your comments and I know you are so fresh and sure for your steps! Tomorrow you will be at the top of the stairway, where sits the Mother Church of Santa Maria del Monte, the former headquarter of the religious authority. Its high altar is graced with a 1200’s painting on panel of the Madonna di Conadimini.
    Thank you Carmen!
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  • Beautiful stairs.... although I feel too old and tired to climb up! Thanks for sharing.
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  • Thank you Cachi, really the hand-painted Sicilian ceramics ceramic is....wonderful!
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  • The capital of Sicilian majolica Caltagirone ("Caltagiruni" in Sicilian dialect) is nicknamed the Queen of Mount Erei. Located in the centre of the eastern part of the Province of Catania, its fame derives from the production, both ancient and modern, of the most refined, hand-painted Sicilian ceramics. For more than two thousand years Caltagirone was a stronghold in this part of Sicily for the Byzantine, Arab and Norman empires who controlled the plains of Gela and Catania from this position. Its historic centre is rich in churches, palaces and 18th century villas but the monument which really makes this place famous is the majolica staircase which has become a symbol of the city. The municipality is located in the Val di Noto which is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. In the city's gracious and welcoming historic centre there are numerous shops selling ceramics and majolica; some only specialise in the sale of souvenirs to tourists but others display examples of true majolica ware, hand-made by Sicilian craftsmen, both new and antique. These hand-painted works include dinner services, bowls, vases and objects of various kinds, however, the famous Heads of Caltagirone representing historical and mythical figures, such as Saracen and Moorish warriors, are truly outstanding. Garden tables decorated with lava stone cut in various shapes and sizes are also very popular.
  • The Arabs defined the place as Oal'at al Ghàrun, that is "The hill of the vases", findind a flourishing artigianal activity at the moment of the conquest of the village (828). The Arabs learned not only the ancient local techniques of the production of ceramic, but contributed to the introduction of innovative systems in the realization of it.
  • La Scala, centro e vanto di Caltagirone, fu aperta nel 1666 per mettere in diretta comunicazione la Piazza del Municipio (centro del potere civile e politico) con l’antica Chiesa Matrice (centro di vita religiosa). Rifatta negli anni ‘50-’60 del nostro secolo, essa conta 142 scalini, è larga 8 metri e su ogni alzata è collocata un rivestimento in maiolica policroma riproducente motivi usati dai maiolicari siciliani dal X al XX secolo. Vecchia di quasi quattro secoli, rivoluzionario ed affascinante intervento di macrourbanistica, la Scala è un museo e splendido testo di storia dell’arte da percorrere con sguardo attento e…lento piede.
  • The capital of Sicilian majolica Caltagirone ("Caltagiruni" in Sicilian dialect) is nicknamed the Queen of Mount Erei. Located in the centre of the eastern part of the Province of Catania, its fame derives from the production, both ancient and modern, of the most refined, hand-painted Sicilian ceramics. For more than two thousand years Caltagirone was a stronghold in this part of Sicily for the Byzantine, Arab and Norman empires who controlled the plains of Gela and Catania from this position. Its historic centre is rich in churches, palaces and 18th century villas but the monument which really makes this place famous is the majolica staircase which has become a symbol of the city. The municipality is located in the Val di Noto which is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. In the city's gracious and welcoming historic centre there are numerous shops selling ceramics and majolica; some only specialise in the sale of souvenirs to tourists but others display examples of true majolica ware, hand-made by Sicilian craftsmen, both new and antique. These hand-painted works include dinner services, bowls, vases and objects of various kinds, however, the famous Heads of Caltagirone representing historical and mythical figures, such as Saracen and Moorish warriors, are truly outstanding. Garden tables decorated with lava stone cut in various shapes and sizes are also very popular.
  • La Scala di Santa Maria del Monte 2

    1. 1. http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/sandamichaela-1210075-santa-maria-del-monte-2/
    2. 2. Caltagirone Caltagirone ( Caltagiruni in Sicilian dialect) is nicknamed the Queen of Mount Erei. Located in the centre of the eastern part of the Province of Catania, its fame derives from the production, both ancient and modern, of the most refined, hand-painted Sicilian ceramics. The main landmark of the city is the 142-step monumental Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, built from 1608 in the old part of the town. Caltagirone ( Caltagiruni în dialect Sicilian ) este supranumitã Regina Munţilor Erei. Situatã în provincia Catania faima sa se datoreazã celei mai rafinate producţii de ceramicã smãlţuitã şi pictatã din Sicilia, tradiţie milenarã. Cel mai faimos monument al or aşului este scara monumentalã Santa Maria del Monte, cu 142 de trepte, construitã în anul 1608 în partea veche a oraşului
    3. 5. Scala di Santa Maria del Monte - This long flight of steps connects the old (at the top) city, the seat of the religious authority, and the new one, where most public offices are located. On either side of this axis lie the two old quarters of San Giorgio and San Giacomo, characterized by narrow streets and concealing fine, mostly religious, buildings. Scara cu 142 de trepte (Santa Maria del Monte) face legãtura între oraşul vechi (situat în partea de sus), sediu al autoritãţii religioase, şi oraşul nou unde au fost construite majoritatea clãdirilor administrative. Pe cele douã pãrţi ale axei formate de scara monumentalã se aflã cartierele San Giacomo şi San Giorgio cu strãzile lor înguste mãrginite de clãdiri frumoase, majoritatea fiind edificii bisericeşti
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