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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Naples Castel Dell’ovo and The Legend of Egg

I'm never one to shy away from a grand legend or a connection with the Knights Templar, which is why I love when my friend Francois Hagnere comes out with a thrilling article about a travel destination that I have never been to or heard of. A story of a magical egg placed within a fortress during the Middle Ages is just too interesting to ignore.

As for the origin of the strange name of the Castel dell’Ovo, the Castle of the Egg, mentioned for the first time in a manuscript of the XIVth century, opinions diverge. Its ovoidal plan could account for its name. According to a popular legend, the name would come from a a magical egg, an alchemical symbol, hidden in the fortress and determining its destiny as well as of the whole town of Naples. As long as the egg will remain intact, the one and the other will be protected from catastrophes. Virgil, the great Latin poet is said to have placed this egg. In the Middle Ages he was supposed to have supernatural powers and a divinatory gift.
 Read more about the Castle of the Egg


Rochefort-U.S.A. Friendship said...

Thank you Lauren!
Happy New Year my friend, may it bring all you want it to! And keep up the good work on your fabulous blog.
Take care,

ManOverBoard.com said...


I hope you have the BEST 2010 and that each day becomes more of a blessing for you and your family. Thank you for being my friend and all the wonderful advice you have given to me and my readers. You are a gem.. Glenn

Thanks for stopping by and visiting it means a lot !!!!

Chris Stonecipher said...

Thank you Lauren for turning me on to Francois' work. I checked out his article and his triond page. He is an excellent writer.

The Ancient Digger said...


You are so welcome and I am happy to help. Life is about what you do for others, so I really don't mind.

The Ancient Digger said...

Hey C,

How was your New Years? Francois is amazing, isn't he? He gets to go to all of those castles in France, all of the ones I want to see. I'm so jealous.

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