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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Portofino



Today's calendar picture of Italy is of the coastal town of Portofino. Here's a little of what Wikipedia says of it ....

Portofino (Ligurian: Portofin) is a small Italian fishing village, comune and tourist resort located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The town crowded round its small harbour is considered to be among the most beautiful Mediterranean ports .... According to Pliny the Elder, Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf .... After 1229 it was part of the Republic of Genoa .... In 1409 Portofino was sold to the Republic of Florence by Charles VI of France, but when the latter was ousted from Genoa the Florentine gave it back. In the 15th century it was a fief of families such as the Fieschi, Spinola, Adorno and Doria. In 1815 it became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia and, from 1861, of the unified Kingdom of Italy.

Perched above the harbor is Castello Brown and in the harbor under the sea is a bronze sculpture of Jesus, Christ of the Abyss (1954).




4 Comments:

Blogger Jeff said...

Looks beautiful. I want to go.

To learn more about Portofino, you should read (or listen to) Frank Schaeffer's Calvin Dort Becker Trilogy. It's the only book about Calvinism you'll ever need to read.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

The only books, I should say...

3:51 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I want to go too :)

Those books sound fun - Kansas Calvinist missionaries stationed in Switzerland on vacation in Italy. Maybe the library has the trilogy.

4:10 PM  
Blogger cowboyangel said...

Ah, Portofino. I, too, want to go. One of these days.

8:12 AM  

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