Appendix 5. Crest of Poggioreale

THE CREST OF POGGIOREALE

is made up of 3 mountains, the central one is the tallest and most rocky. The mountains are illuminated by three stars Above, a helmet that has its visor down and is decorated by a crest bristling with colored feathers, that are bending downward.

SYMBOLISM

The three Mountains are:

  • Elimo, at the center, steep, 615 meters high
  • Cozzo di Felice, at the east south-east, 573 meters high
  • San Vito Est, to the west, 572 meters high

The three Stars are the three communities:

  • Elima
  • Belik
  • Poggioreale

Illuminated by the light of the three civilizations:

  • Gentile
  • Arab
  • Christian

The helmet, elmo, symbolizes the name, and is a contraction of Elimo.

The lowered visor recalls many battles.

The colored feathers or copious plume indicate the Norman triumph that finally brought liberty and peace to these communities.

The plume of feathers indicates triumph, glory. the feathers in fact appear to be fluttering and in beautiful colors, the helmet of the Officials carries a plume of soft colored, feathers, that bend downwards.

[This webpage is excerpted from the book: “The History of Poggioreale, Sicily – From 1640 to 1956.” Originally written in Italian by: Canonico Dottore Francesco Aloisio in 1956. Adapted and translated by: Dr. Jeremiah P. Spence, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas. 5th Edition. International Order of Genealogists Publishing. Ireland. 2019. ISBN: 9781072403371. The book can be purchased online at: https://www.amazon.com/History-Poggioreale-Sicily-1640-1956/dp/1072403374/ ]