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Cathedral Square In Matera

The Cathedral of Madonna della Bruna and Sant'Eustachio is the main place of Catholic worship in Matera, it was built in Romanesque style in the XIII century on the highest spur of Civita that divides the two Sassi. The exterior retains almost intact its original form. The facade is dominated by rose to sixteen rays symbolizing a single object: the Wheel. The wheel is a moving circle and remember the cyclical nature of human fate, on the one hand, and on the other the unpredictable succession of cases and the instability of fortune. And changing that balance precariously in which everything revolves: what is at the top will fall and then rise again. From the elevated position of the square you can enjoy a unique view.

Copyright: Giovanni Russo
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11580x5790
Taken: 24/04/2016
Uploaded: 29/06/2016
Updated: 13/07/2016


Tags: italy; basilicata; day; people; exterior; nature; church; arts; religion; archaeology; architecture; cityscape; unesco; verciano; vercianomatera2016
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The name "Italy" is shrouded in mystery; some etymologists trace it to a Greek word meaning "the land of young cattle."Italy was fond of Jupiter and Mars from the very start, Jupiter for fatherly good luck and Mars for war!But it all began with Rome. Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus who were sons of Rhea and Mars.The twins were abandoned at birth out of a fear that they would grow up and later overthrow Amelius, usurper of their grandfather's rightful throne.Wrongful mis-doings most foul! Treachery and sabotage!! HOW would these two blessed infants make their way in such a world?As it turns out, the twins didn't have to make their way very far, because one of them killed the other one and then they weren't twins anymore. But that happens later.First they got rescued by a she-wolf who suckled them with her milk and raised them as her own until they were discovered by the shepherd Faustulus.Faustulus fed them meat and bread and also raised them as his own until they were old enough to return to Amelius and hack him up as planned. They reinstated the grandfather Numitor to his rightful throne and went off to celebrate by starting a town of their own.They chose a hilly area where the mama wolf had saved them from certain death in the barren wilderness and began scouting locations.Romulus liked one hill. Remus liked another. The circle of crows like Romulus' hill, so Romulus killed Remus and named the town after himself. Thus Rome was born and Italy with it.Text by Steve Smith.

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