Court of the Stars (Cefalù)

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The Corte delle Stelle (Court of the Stars) in Cefalù is a building designed in 1984 by the architect Marcello Panzarella. This space, created to support the auditorium of the nearby Church of the Annunziata, is used for exhibitions and cultural activities. Inside it is possible to visit a section of a Roman road from the period between the first century BC and the first century AD.

Court of the Stars of Cefalù: history and architecture of the building

The Corte delle Stelle of Cefalù is a building in the historical center designed by the architect Marcello Panzarella. It was built between 1984 and 1990 as a support structure for the auditorium planned inside the nearby church of the Santissima Annunziata. The building is composed of two piazzas staggered on different levels, creating a link between the streets of the historic center and the interior of the courtyard. In the center of the paving of the first square there is an eight-pointed star that gives the building its name. The passage from one level to the other is made by a spiral staircase that recalls that of the medieval wash house of Cefalù.

The Hellenistic Roman road

During the construction of the Corte delle Stelle complex in Cefalù, a section of a Roman road running NE-SW was found. The period of construction is between the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD. The road is paved with sandstone basalt and the section that has come to light is six meters long and a little more than half of its width. In the middle there is a sunken drain for water drainage and a drinking water system with lead fistulae. Two rooms overlook the street, preceded by large thresholds.

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