Carpets weaving
In ancient times did not throw anything away and even small pieces of cloth or old rags were reused, interweaving them on ancient and typical looms: thus the carpet in Erice is a long-established textile tradition handed down since time immemorial, which still lives thanks to the commitment and will of women that have learned […]
Pepoli Turret - Erice
To the Count Agostino Pepoli (1848-1911), scholar, collector, patron, founder of the Pepoli Museum in Trapani, is owed the construction, in a suggestive and panoramic position, of the so-called Torretta Pepoli (Pepoli Turret). It is a characteristic Art Nouveau building intended to be used for the study and meditation for himself and his many friends, such […]
Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture
The Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture is located inside the building of the former Convent of San Rocco and it is dedicated to the Sicilian physicist Ettore Majorana, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances on 27 March 1938. It has promoted since 1963 international seminars, meetings and conferences which have involved more than […]
The pagan worship of Venus Ericina
The historical testimonies indicate that where today stands the Norman castle once there was a Sican-Elymian temple on which superimposed, in Roman times, a small temple dedicated to Venus Ericina. The cult of the goddess was begun by the Sicans, who raised a small open-air “ara (altar)” in the middle of the “thèmenos”, namely a […]
The sculptural groups of the Mysteries
On Good Friday, simultaneously to the procession which takes place in Trapani, among the typical alleys of Erice, parades, starting from the church of San Giuliano (St. Julian), a smaller but not less evocative Processione dei Misteri (Procession of the Mysteries), composed of four sculptural groups, carried on the shoulders and depicting: Jesus in the garden, […]
Stone-paved streets and venule - Erice
The cobbled streets are the original pavings of Erice: from the older pavings made exclusively of stones or simple guides, to those “square shape” designed in the 19th century by the engineer Girolamo Varjo and made of polished slabs, with an elongated hexagon shape, called chains, which frame the stones both to hold the inner […]
Spanish Quarter – Erice
Spanish Quarter is a strong unfinished building, started in the 18th century to host a garrison of Spanish soldiers but never finished. Situated on a rocky spur, outside the city walls, at the western extremity of a broad rocky platform, near the churches of Sant’Orsola (St. Ursula) and Sant’Antonio (St. Anthony), Spanish Quarter of Erice […]
Church of St. John  - Erice
The existence of the Church of St. John is traced back by local historians to the 14th century (1339), but probably the first building dates back to the 12th century; it underwent some restorations in the 15th century, between 1430 and 1436, renovated and expanded in the 17th century (1631) and decorated with stuccoes on […]
Church of St. Ursula
It is undoubtedly the most original church in Erice thanks to the presence of Gothic and Renaissance elements inside of it. Its original core dates back to 1413, by the priest Michele Lombardo; in 1450 it was expanded with a second aisle, dedicated to Santa Maria di Gesù (St. Mary of Jesus). In 1451 was […]
Church of St. Julian
According to the legend, Church of St. Julian was built by Ruggero (Roger) of Altavilla in 1076, to thank the Hospitaller Saint who had helped his son Giordano (Jordan) to oust the Arabs from the city, appearing on a white horse and with a pack of dogs. Probably with Gothic shapes, it was renovated between […]