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Ischia, the Aragonese castle. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

The Sun Path led me to a small Church with a rather complicated name - Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie o Dell Ortodonico (on the map). The structure hangs above the Eastern extremity of the island, which has another name - the Punta della Madonna (Madonna on the Cape).

Ischia, the Aragonese castle. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

When the temple was founded is unknown, history tells only that they enjoyed the community of the Greek fishermen. By construction, vaulted ceilings and domes of the structure can be classified as Romanesque architecture, common in the 11-12 century. In documents recorded that in the early 16th century the Church was expanded through the efforts of Donna noble Constance of Carretta.

Ischia, the Aragonese castle. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

Temple after the destruction of the castle artillery of the British squadron in 1810 was abandoned and restored only recently. So no antiquities in it, instead of the traditional images of the walls are decorated with cheerful paintings of artist Clementine Petroni, whose works we have already met in the House of the Sun.

Ischia, the Aragonese castle. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

From antiquity to present is that a small body, and he, judging by the white wire, with electric compressor instead of a bellows.

Ischia, the Aragonese castle. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

to the Right of the Church, over the high cliff there is a semicircular platform.

Ischia, the Aragonese castle. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

From which you can admire the Islands of vivara and Procida.

the Islands of vivara and Procida

Ischia, the Aragonese castle.

To bridge (Ponte di Ischia), this was the only ladder that you could climb into the castle.

Ischia, the Aragonese castle. The watchtower.

From the stairs is almost nothing left, but preserved fortification walls and a small sentry turret (on the map), guarding the entrance to the castle. On the court, serving for the mounting of the guns as the remains of the furnace intended to heat cannonballs.

Ischia, the Aragonese castle. The watchtower.

standing on the Terrace of olive trees, you can see the Romanesque arches at the top.

Ischia, the Aragonese castle. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie