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Jan Migenda

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Current city:
Solingen
City of birth:
Düsseldorf
Host university:
UCSC-MILAN
Home university:
BUW

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    Iaitas 2

    From the hills, we could see the whole valley including the highway ... The patches of land were dried out in the summer heat ... The theatre of Iaitas remains as a cultural site in a destroyed city. Down below, we could see a modern village, built in a strictly...

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    Iaitas

    Coming from the highway, we went on to see Iaitas, a city which was a centre of Muslim resistance to emperor Frederic II in the 13th century and was destroyed by him in 1246. On the plain, you could see smoke rising up in many places ... intentional fires to burn...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Italy, 9 hours ago
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    Solunt 2

    Under the blue sky, we had a great view over the whole lagoon! In the ancient city site, there were some remains of colourfully painted walls! The best surviving artwork was this elaborate floor mosaic with Greek patterns! Again, a temple played an important role in...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Italy, 1 day ago
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    Solunt

    Solunt was our next stop, a former Phoenician-Greek city: The place was up high, and a small peninsula with a cross made for a nice shot. The ancient city ruins comprised apartments and a cistern (see below). The cistern was huge, which was necessary for a town in...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Italy, 1 day ago
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    Segesta

    Segesta is an archaic settlement that became important in classical antiquity. Verres was in office here and spoiled the town of many artworks, as Cicero found out. The Temple to Hera (Zeus' wife) remains as one of the most important and massive structures in the area....

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Italy, 2 days ago
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    Erice Castle 2

    The ascension to the castle was difficult as it was very steep and they had used winding paths to hinder enemies in reachign the castle. Meanwhile, the main tower throned over us. Looking down the slopes, you could see some monasteries and watchtowers (?). The view...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Italy, 3 days ago
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    Erice Castle

    The history of Erice includes the Phoenician Hamilcar (father of Hannibal), the Trojan hero Aeneas whose heirs should found Rome later on, a temple to the oriental goddess Astarte and a later one to the goddess of love Venus. However, the castle is the main attraction...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Italy, 3 days ago
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    Erice

    Our next trip by bus lead us through high and arid mountains. In the valley, white houses were crammed together ... The mall gave us a nice perspective with the clear sky in the background! Having arrived at the sea, two rows of palm trees gave me the opportunity of...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Italy, 3 days ago
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    Castellammare del Golfo

    The next day, we travelled by bus to the west of Sicily to see Castellammare del Golfo. During the trip, we saw green pastures and white mountains under a blue sky ... a picturesque scene! Almost arriving, we could oversee the whole lagoon where we would be later on! ...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Italy, 3 days ago
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    Mondello Beach

    In the afternoon, we said goodbye to Monreale and went to Mondello Beach by bus. The club house looked kind of inviting, but we went to the beach first! Look at the colourful houses near the lagoon! In a bit, we would have sunset. After that, we had dinner (mostly...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 4 days ago
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    Monreale Cathedral

    Around Monreale, we could see the craggy hills while in the city, palm trees were frequent. The mighty bronze gate of the cathedral shows Biblical scenes and is decorated with some round and pointy arches and one roof-like arch ... very differentiated! Inside the...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 4 days ago
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    Monreale

    The next day, we saw world-famous Monreale. The cathedral was built in the years leading up to 1185, and again you can see a mixture of styles. It counts as one of the most powerful iconic buildings in sicily ... wait until you see the inside! The courtyard inside was...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 4 days ago
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    Castles and Nature

    Near the sea lies Castellammare, an old castle with defensive structures; on the site, there are also remains of a mosque and a Muslim cemetery. A short glance at the port showed us the local lifestyle: Lots of boats, wherever you looked! Palazzo Chiaramonte was...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 4 days ago
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    Languages and Places

    The Cappella Palatina was decorated with lots of gold in Byzantine style with Christ as the ruler over everything (pantokrator). The meeting of Latin, Greek and Arabic on this inscription is unique! After seeing the chapel, we visited some catacombs with 8,000 mummies...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 5 days ago
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    Inside the Cathedral + Santa Caterina

    Approaching a gate of the cathedral, we could see the flowery motives from Arab tradition mixed with the geometric elements of European style. Inside the cathedral, we looked at the graves of Roger II., his daughter Constance of Sicily, married to Heinrich IV., and...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 10 days ago
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    Palermo Archeological Museum: Wild Parties and Great Heroes

    After the sign explaining the ancient world of gods, this post will show you some actual archeological pieces such as these colourful vases. This one shows a wild party in process with a man bringing wine, a woman playing the aulos (double flute), another man drinking...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 10 days ago
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    Palermo Museum: Introduction

    The entrance to the museum was like a green courtyard with palm trees and a fountain. The eagle statue on the wall represents the city and its power. Okay everybody, before my blog starts getting too heavy, let's start off with some turtles that we found in a fountain...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 10 days ago
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    Palermo Outside

    The last interior motive from the churches at Palermo was this dog with a candle guiding us. And out we went into the shining blue sky! Here you can see the two churches La Martorana and San Cataldo next to each other in broad daylight. They are not really big, yet...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 11 days ago
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    Palermo's Churches

    Coming from the mighty cathedral, the castles, palaces and parks of Palermo, we continued with some interesting churches. You just can't evade churches in Italy! ;) The Arab-Norman church San Cataldo from the 12th century is one of the last built in Arab-Norman style...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 11 days ago
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    Palermo Monuments

    Walking through Palermo to the beach, we saw this small medieval gate; near it, the remains of a mosque and a cemetery were in the soil. A small place with these trees made us relax for a bit, and the light shining through the branches was beautiful! The city park...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 12 days ago
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    Palermo Cathedral

    One of the most surprising views in the streets of Palermo were the many palm trees along the way. You can even eat the fruits when they are brown! The Arab-Norman cathedral has foundations from the 6th century and has been a mosque and a library before, but the main...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 20 days ago
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    Multicultural Palermo

    After the historical introduction, let's get started with the real tour! Our first day in Palermo started out with the Norman Duke's Palace which united cubic elements with oriental ornaments. In a similar fashion, the smaller building La Cuba (a leisure residence)...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, 23 days ago
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    Introduction: A Short History of Sicily

    Welcome to my new blog! Great to see you back here after following me through Greece! In order to understand the trip through Sicily, I thought it would be helpful to give you a short history of Sicily (especially Palermo) as an introduction because so much happened...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Palermo, one month ago
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    Eleusis

    Eleusis (today Elefsina, close to Athens) was an important cultic place as the secret rites of the fertility goddess Demeter took place here. The ruins of the temple are still impressive ... surely they were great! This relief on a sarcophagus depicts a wild hunt in...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Greece, one month ago
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    Corinth Museum

    Corinth has a very long and rich history ... its remains are to be found in a museum. Clay figures of goddesses show the precise working of the mantles: You can see the layers very well! Some more figurines bones used as dice and flutes complement the scenery. This...

    0 by Jan in Erasmus blog Corinth, one month ago

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