Sicula sugnu

Sicula sugnu: a voyage into my Sicily with the same surprise and curiosity as if Eva came here now!!!

giovedì 17 gennaio 2013

Ducea Nelson: a piece of the English world at the foothills of Mount Etna

Just 15 km far from Bronte (one of the famous villages at the foothills of the Sicilian volcano) , it's possible to be immersed into a well integrated contamination of English and Sicilian history.

"La Ducea di Nelson" or improperly called "the Castle of Nelson" or simply the "Abbay of Maniace", today is one of the innumerable exmples of  the mixture of architecture and style that Sicily is.
Once a Benedectine  fortified Monastery at the time of William the Good ,on previous traces of a Basilian monks residence,it  carries the name of Maniace from ther Byzantine general who here in the surroundings took a memorable victory against the Saracens  ,whose blood made the waters of the local river red .

On 1799 it became property of the admiral Horatio Nelson when the king Ferdinand III of Bourbon gave him ,together with the title of Duke of Bronte,as a gift  after defeating the Neapolitan rebels   against his kingdom.

Nelson never took residence there but his heirs transformed the old Abbey into a private rural royal House with a luxurious garden and building a British cemetery .
The Nelson -Bridport where the owner till 1981 when they sold it at a simbolic price to the city of Bronte.

one of the two courtyard with an old well built with lavic stone

the Church of S.Maria Maniace on the ruins of the older religious buildings

Celtic basaltic Cross in honor of Horatio Nelson

the private residence ,temporarely  closed to visitors

the view from one of the two towers

2 commenti:

  1. How interesting and beautiful! I have never heard of this before. Thank you, Lucia. I"ll be sure to go next time I'm in that area. Ciao ciao.

  2. ciao Jann
    yes it is, or at least I like it so much! The apartments are not visitable at the moment! what a pity!