Castello di Pepoli

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Beacon of Peace in the Mediterranean Aug 01, 2014
Castello di Pepoli with its torretta was built in the 1870's by Count Agostino Pepoli (1848-1911), a scholar, lover of beauty and patron of the arts, who built it as a quiet retreat for his meditations, as well as gathering place for men of culture, artists and writers. It was built over a rocky outcrop, serving as foundation for the castle, and in a style resembling the Moorish/Saracen style. In April of 2013, restoration work began, after many years of neglect and decay, to bring it back to its former glory and turn it into an interactive museum and Centre for Peace. After more than a year of work, the Castello di Pepoli officially opened again on July 19, 2014 when I visited it again shortly after opening. When I first saw it in 1995 one could still get down in there to see the castle, though it was in bad shape even then. By 2005 one could not even get near it, the vegetation was so overgrown and the structure looked compromised. In 2014 it was a pleasure to see it restored and gleaming in the sunshine! The walkway down was slippery with fresh gravel from the construction, but better than the formidable jungle in past years! It is one of the iconic structures of Erice, seen in many photos.

I don’t know much about the museum as I didn’t have time to go inside. Some translation of a description in Italian goes as follows: “Open to the collective enjoyment as a multimedia museum; sensitive environments and interactive art installations allow the visitor to immerse themselves in a travel-narrative of history, culture, myth and tradition of the characters and the town of Erice. A project born from the desire to promote respect for the dignity and rights of every human being that will put the city of Erice in the middle of the cultural, social and artistic scene. The name of the museum - Pepoli Tower Beacon of Peace, will stand here for peace and to promote respect for the dignity and rights of every human being.”

There is a video here about the museum/castle (in Italian) -

I have some photos of the Castle over the years from 1974-2014 in an archive I am caretaker of for the International School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (ISAMS): Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture (EMFCSC). They depict the castle decay over the years and final restoration. I took the photos from 1995, 2005 and 2014. Photo credits to the others go to Nino La Francesca (1974, 1975, 2012), Brad Dinerman (1989), Ottavio Forte (2003, 2009) and Maura Cesaria (2013).
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Paulovic says:
I understand. Well, for the next time indeed!
Posted on: Oct 03, 2016
spocklogic says:
I had so many other things to show Tong I could not fit in a visit inside the Pepoli. Now that she's see much of Erice we can concentrate of a few other things next time in more detail.
Posted on: Oct 02, 2016
Paulovic says:
Nice they restored it! So did you go inside this year? You should update the review so we get to know more about it. :)
Posted on: Oct 02, 2016
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