La Real Chiesa Matrice
Erice is a medieval walled town perched on top of Mt. San Giuliano. The locals call their town 'u Munti, the mountain.
It is often shrouded in mist, known as il velo di Venere (the veil of Venus). The cobbled streets are often slippery after a rain or in thick fog. They are handsomely paved with a characteristic pattern of differently-sized shiny stones.
The church is La Real Chiesa Matrice Insigne Collegiata, better known as Real Duomo, or Duomo di Erice, or Matrice, or Assunta, 1314. It was built in 1312 by order of a grateful King Frederick III of Aragon, who found shelter in Erice during the Sicilian Vespers uprising (1282–1314).
The rose window (replicating the original) is of a beautiful design featuring columns borne on interlaced arches which weave in and out of each other recalling Islamic ornaments.
The porch was added in 1426.
The campanile on the right (1315) was probably built as a watch-tower several years before the foundation of the church.
Erice, Sicily. 2018