Ortigia, Siracusa

Ortigia Island, the historical center of Siracusa, Sicily. The temple of Apollo (Doric style), dated to the beginning of the 6th century B.C ., and street views from a night walk in the island.

Below a picture of the painting “The burial of Saint Lucy” by Caravaggio, located in the church of Santa Lucia alla Badia on the Piazza Duomo in SyracuseSicily. 

Lucia of Syracuse, CE 283—304, was killed as a Christian martyr during the Diocletian persecution. According to legend, Saint Lucy had bestowed her wealth on the poor, in gratitude for the miraculous healing of her mother. Denounced to the romans as a Christian, she refused to recant, offered her chastity to Christ, and was sentenced to be dragged to a brothel. 

She was tortured by eye-gouging, pierced by a knife in the throat and, where she fell, the church of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro in Syracuse was built.[1]  She is the patron saint of all those who suffer with eye trouble or blindness.There are some ghoulish and surreal images of this saint — but the association with blindness and light derives from the name Lucia with its Latin root luc- for light.

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