La rocca di Cefalù
Cefalù boasts the magnificent Rocca di Cefalù, a stunning mountain overlooking the town. The area's rich history dates back to prehistoric times, with evidence of human activity found in Cefalù. One notable ancient structure is the Temple of Diana, a sacred megalithic building constructed in the 5th or 4th century BC, which was built atop a preexisting cistern associated with water worship.
Following the decline of the Roman Empire, the inhabitants of Cefalù sought refuge on the mountain to seek protection from successive invasions by pirates, initially from the Vandals and later from the Saracens. During the Byzantine period (7th-8th century AD), defensive walls and various structures were erected near the Church of St. Anna. However, in 857, Cefalù fell under Saracen rule.
The view is breathtaking.
One of the many ruins you will see on the Rocca.
Temple of Diana
The Temple of Diana (5th-4th century BC).
The so-called Temple of Diana (Tempio di Diana) is a megalithic building dating back to the 5th or 4th century B.C. The cistern is even older (9th-8th century B.C.), and is associated with the worship of water.
A vibrant poppy gracefully blooms amidst the rugged rocks of the Temple of Diana, adding a touch of natural beauty to the ancient site.
Church of St. Anna
Chiesa di S Anna (9th-10th century AD). During the Muslim period in Sicily (827–1091), Christians were still allowed to practice their religion.
The Rocca and the Cathedral
Cefalù with the Norman Cathedral seen from La rocca di Cefalù.
The awe-inspiring Cefalù Cathedral commands a striking position in front of the majestic Rocca di Cefalù mountain. Known as the Duomo Basilica Cattedrale, this remarkable structure holds immense significance as one of the most prominent architectural gems of Norman rule in Sicily. The cathedral's construction was initiated by Roger II in 1131, further solidifying its historical importance.
Cefalù certainly was a beautiful city even in the mid 1800's. Here a detail of a painting hanging in the Museo Mandralisca in Cefalù. It was painted by Francesco Tenuta Bevelacqua (1814-1858).
Looking up to the mountain from on the Norman Cathedral.
Life and death – past and present
Goat family living on the south side of La Rocca di Cefalù.
Insect life on the Rocca di Cefalù.
La rocca di Cefalù seen from the cemetery.
Ruins on the Rocca di Cefalù.
La rocca di Cefalù.
Girls relaxing. La rocca di Cefalù in the background behind the pittoresque fishermen’s houses.
La Rocca di Cefalù: The mountain forms a dramatic and spectacular backdrop to Cefalù.
Building from the 16th century, probably a military barrack.
Deserted building (no information available) on the south side of the mountain. The photo was taken from Villa Caterina.
Aleister Crowley’s Abbey of Thelema is located quite close to the Cefalú Stadium.
The distance between Cefalù and some other cities in Sicily