Halaesa Arconidea (Alesa Arconidea)

Statue of Ceres (2nd century AD) in the museum (Antiquarium) at Halaesa Arconidea

Statue of Ceres (2nd century AD) in the museum (antiquarium called Giacomo Scibona antiquarium) at Halaesa Arconidea (aka Alesa Arconidea) on the north coast of Sicily, some 27 km from Cefalù (take the SS113). Ceres was the goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships and patron of Sicily. Ceres, in Roman mythology, was equivalent to the Greek Demeter.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

The agora. Halaesa Arconidea, extensively excavated in recent years, was founded in 403 BC by the dynastic ruler of Herbita, Archonides. There is a Roman necropolis near the entrance.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Halaesa Arconidea (Alesa Arconidea).

Beautiful views of the valley at Halaesa Arconidea (Alesa Arconidea).

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Sicily

The thin red line in the wall marks where the restoration begins.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Ruins at Halaesa Arconidea.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Sicily

The medieval church.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

Santa Maria delle Palate

Next to the custodian's house at Halaesa lies a late medieval church, Santa Maria delle Palate, with some original painted statues in wood and a Madonna and Christ holding a globe in their hands made by the Gagini school. During the Norman period the church housed a Benedictine monastery and cloister that belonged to the resident abbot of the Church of Saint Bartholomew in Lipari. The church was first mentioned in legal documents in 1123, and was restored by Pasqualino Scaluni in 1551.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Christ on the cross in Santa Maria delle Palate at Halaesa Arconidea, Sicily

Detail of the crucified Christ in the medieval church Santa Maria delle Palate at Halaesa Arconidea.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

     

 

 

Source: Information brochure available at the reception, the guide and Blue Guide Sicily.