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Global Treasures: Erice
Ullman, Frank - Television Director

Catalogue Number: GTR-DVD-1204
UPC: 879061008030

Global Treasures - History's Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments.

On a mountain summit 750 metres above the Mediterranean is Erice, the ancient town of Eryx. The well-fortified walls of its fortress once protected one of the oldest cities in Sicily. According to legend the Trojan Aeneas, son of Aphrodite, established a town here after fleeing from the Greeks.

First, the goddess of love Astarte was worshiped here, followed by the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the Roman goddess Venus. Because of this, the area became a kind of "love mountain," a destination popular with male pilgrims especially, as it no doubt appealed to their more romantic nature.

The medieval city centre of Monte San Guiliano, as today's Erice was named by the Normans, has for many centuries remained almost unchanged.

From the fortress, the Castello, there are clear views of the Sicilian coastline, Trapani Harbor, and far out across the Mediterranean.

In the 20th century Erice also became known as a research centre for both meteorology and oceanography.

Erice is far more than just an historically rich settlement situated on a mountaintop. In the romantic ruins of the fortress above the former acropolis, the atmosphere of ancient times still lives on.

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