138. Domenico Antonio Lo Faso Pietrasanta, Duke of Serra di Falco (1783-1863)

Architect, archaeologist, and writer, Domenico Antonio Lo Faso Pietrasanta Duke of Serradifalco, wrote several works on ancient and medieval Sicilian monuments. Born in Palermo during the Reign of Ferdinand III King of Sicily, he was an avid student of Sicilian history. During the Revolution of 1848 he was Speaker of the House in the Parliament of the independent nation of Sicily and the country’s Foreign Minister.

After the return of the Bourbons he was forced into exile in Florence until the capture of the island by Garibaldi, when he returned to Sicily. Appointed President of the Commission of Antiquities and Fine Art, Lo Faso Pietrasanta was appointed as Senator to the Kingdom of Italy. He directed excavations and restorations in the major archaeological sites in Sicily including Segesta, Selinunte, Agrigento, Syracuse, Taormina. He and published reports for all sites he worked on detailing tables with reliefs and paintings of high quality and still useful today. He was known throughout the field of archeology, and was called simply Serradifalco.

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1. Wikipedia, https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Lo_Faso_Pietrasanta


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