Santuario Oracolare della Fortuna Primigenia, Palestrina

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  • A majestic Temple, for placement and size, that overlooks the city with imperious Majesty. The three terraces ascending ramps (once covered), the majestic hemicycles, arches ... a unique show! Too bad it's kept "Italian style", which is left mostly to himself, despite the entrance fee (cumulative with the Museum). Also only allow access not only from the upper terrace (so-called "curtain"), but also from the lower (as did the ancient Romans who were going up to the Temple), which has been equipped for this (and now serves as a dormitory for stray animals), would better appreciate (and maybe keep it cleaner) this wonderful place. The grass is cut, but luckily the dirt, especially in lower platforms, reigns supreme. A little extra effort wouldn't be as unthinkable.
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  • Only, so I can define the sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia of Palestrina. The historic terrace over Rome. The story, here, oozing from every side. Traveling with your mind and you let go backwards neglia years thinking about those who have trod before us, those spaces filled with a grandeur that makes almost fear. Exclusive/unrepeatable scenario is what you present in the eyes of the visitor. Location with strong potential that should be much more valued for cultural initiatives.
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  • "Nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything is transformed." The famously said of the unfortunate Lavoisier, the "father of chemistry", I resounded in mind while wandering-in the midday sun--among the vast terraces that combine the historical center of the ancient "Praeneste" above "Palazzo Colonna Barberini", built on Roman walls of "sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia", among the most revered of antiquity. In fact, in similitude of Renaissance Rome that is actually "mixed" with the marble remains of the "Urbs"-"sic transit gloria mundi": the old "Imperial" travertine became lime inside the fire blaze in favour of Papal basilicas "erigende"-thus the urban structure of modern Palestrina seems literally "moulded" to that of the ancient Sanctuary, one of the most impressive Roman architectures exist in Lazio. Our thought goes immediately to the nearby "Villa Adriana" of Tivoli. That is the symbol of the aesthetic dream material transposition of an emperor, lost in regret of a love tragically interrupted (*). This ancestral piety, manifest and spectacular expression, mysterious and entrenched in the intimate depths of the Earth and of souls. And, at the same time, we wonder about "how" and "how" the superb geometrical harmonies of the equally spectacular "Palazzo Farnese" Caprarola-just to snag a similar architectural comparison-are indebted to the monumental complex prenestino. Sure that the "Vignola" has passed around here to study the ancient ruins and to draw inspiration for his masterpiece? Although there may seem strange-and thought it shuns ...-This is one of those cases of accidental discovery for which we need to "thank" the war. The bombing of the second world war in fact-razing the houses and shops which had "swallowed up" the sanctuary after the advent of Christianity and the oblivion of the cult of the "Primeval Goddess"-have brought to light the ancient structures, giving new and unexpected subject of study to archaeologists and, at the same time, new impetus to tourism and the local economy. Just look at just the model stored in the local archaeological museum (or the reconstruction drawings by Palladio) to realize what impact could offer the "sanctuary" to those who observed him from afar. The admiration of the spectator was opening a complex backdrop of porches, stairs, terraces, columns, arches, nymphs, caves ... that was developed from the ancient "Forum" citizen, enveloping the entire Hill slope and culminating, at the top, the large semicircular and votive Temple. We can imagine what could be the mood of the pilgrims (even Pagans were ...) that they ascended the stairs slowly from the depths of the "Cave of Destiny" at the top of the Hill in a sort of devotional path and initiation? And their amazement-once at the top--in sight before them the incomparable view of campaigns stretching down to the sea and-there further north--toward the proud "Urbs Caput Mundi"? Is there something like that nowadays? (*) Marguerite Yourcenar--"memoirs of Hadrian"-"the ostriches"/Einaudi.
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