Palermo is the capital of Sicily and its largest city too, stupendously sited in its own wide bay underneath the limestone bulk of Monte Pellegrino. Originally a colony, this remarkable city was long considered a prize worth capturing. Under Arab domination Palermo obtained great splendour and became an emirate that held around 300 mosques. The long history of the city assures that there is a lot to see, and although some of the sights are in need of repair. Palermo is fast, brash and exciting. The mix of Arabic and Viking influences is one of the strangest and unexpected surprises the city has to offer. Buildings dating from 11th and 12th century, the heyday of Medieval Sicily, offer this peculiar quality. The most noteworthy and an absolute must is the Normanni Building. Other interesting sights include the Quattro Canti, symbolic crossroads at the old centre of the city and a nice example of Baroque architecture, and the Catacombs. The Catacombs are located on the Piazza Cappuccini, just west of the city centre, and contain over 8000 mummified ex-residents from Palermo and its surrounding villages; some merely clothed skeletons, other remarkably well-preserved and lifelike. The Monastery in the nearby village of Monreale is a must-see sight, so are the Zisa and Cuba, the Arabic-Norman royal palaces.
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5 Most Popular Wizard Characters In Fiction
Funny thing about the evolution of fiction is that its genre of fantasy only just started growing in popularity over the last 30 years, despite the best efforts by authors like J.R.R. Tolkien. The history and fascination with fantasy has been around for centuries (think fairy tales and the Brothers Grimm), but only with modern publication and the acceptance of the geek culture has fantasy really surged in popularity. Here is a list of most popular wizard characters across the literary landscape.
1. Harry Potter
J.K. Rowling's wonder wizard was the titular character in the best-selling books of all time. While Harry Potter was not the most powerful wizard in Hogwarts, or the smartest, he helped launch a generation into reading again.
J.R.R. Tolkien is likely the most well-known fantasy author having almost single-handedly launched the genre in novel format. Gandalf the Grey, as he is known through most of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is the epitome of a wizened old wizard. Tolkien described his wizard as an angelic being and was featured in many of his books beyond the famous trilogy.
3. The Crimson King
Only in the last novel of Stephen King's Dark Tower series does the Gunslinger actually come face to face with his nemesis, the sorcerer Crimson King. The Crimson King is the ultimate villain controlling most of the other minor and major villains of King's other books. It is only in Marvel's spin-off comic series The Gunslinger do readers get to see the Crimson King's true evilness.
4. Harry Dresden
The main character in the Dresden Files has been shot, stabbed, broken and killed – all in the worst days of his life – as told by Jim Butcher. Throughout the series (at 13 books and counting), Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is the only Wizard Private Investigator in the Chicago phone book. Like Harry Potter, Harry lives in our world that is blissfully unaware of the magical counterpoint.
He has been written about since the 12th century as full-fledged fictional wizard in the Arthurian court. One of the most famous wizards in literature, he has been written about by dozens of authors and has featured in Disney 'The Sword in the Stone' on the big screen as well. He has been generally portrayed as a trickster with mystical powers.