Capturing a beautiful perspective in Agrigento
Painting the Cathedral of Saint Gerland in Agrigento under the sun during the #italiagrandsketchingtour.
My arrival in Agrigento was a bit adventurous, probably one of the longest drives during the trip, on crazy streets in the middle of nowhere. And Agrigento is built on the side of the hill, so it is all up and downs, with small streets crazy with lunch hour traffic.
I reached the B&B, parked with some problems because there is no space for motorcycles and went to explore. “The first must go place is the cathedral” they told me. What they didn’t tell me was that it was exactly on the top of everything!
So I climbed, stair by stair, in those small alleys that are so picturesque and finally I arrived to the Cathedral of Saint Gerland in Agrigento that is built on a sort of cliff. It is very particular, because it is inserted between small houses in a narrow street and the facade is visible only from an angle. And it was this angle that I tried to capture in my sketch. You can see the front of the cathedral , and on the side you can infer the side entrance.
The plainness of the outside is completely overthrown once you get into the cathedral. The inside is spacious and luminous and rich of decorations that guide you into a visit that feels like wonderland. From the severe and simple outside you understand that the building was first founded in the 11th Century. From the inside you can see the remakes that have altered over and over again the church throughout the centuries of foreign dominations in Sicily.
After this I was exhausted and I decided to go back and enjoy the peace of my B&B. An incredible place that felt like home!