The pre-planning continues … this promises to be a great adventure!!
The following is a description of the Kalsa district and its attractions from Lonely Planets book, “Southern Italy:”
“Due to its proximity to the port, La Kalsa was subjected to carpet bombing during WWII, leaving it derelict and run down. Mother Teresa considered it akin to the shanty towns of Calcutta and established a mission here. Thankfully, this galvanized embarrassed authorities into action and the quarter is now undergoing extensive restoration.”
“Housed in the stately 15th century Palazzo Abatellis, this fine museum, Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, features works by Sicilian artists from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Its greatest treasure is Triunfo della Morte (Triumph of Death), a magnificent fresco in which Death is represented as a demonic skeleton mounted on a wasted horse, brandishing a wicked looking scythe while leaping over his hapless victims.”
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