In the early 1990s, scholars from the University of Rome La Sapienza carried out a series of study trips in crusader Outremer led by Antonio Cadei, full professor of History of Medieval Art. From 1990 until 1993, three missions were organised: one in Cilicia (Southern Turkey), one in the Mediterranean Syria, and a third one in Israel with two appendices in Egypt and Cyprus. The aim was to achieve a deeper knowledge of citadels, castles, Frankish, Ayyubid and Mamluk strongholds that were known only through specialized and outdated studies from the second half of the 19th century. The main intention of the research and of the field trips was to gain an understanding of the connections between the Western and Eastern side of the Mediterranean sea during the 12th and 13th centuries. This was considered to be the base for further investigations on the Military Orders’ presence in Europe (for example in the Iberian Peninsula, in Occitania, and in Italy) as well as to identify – in fortified architecture context – crusaders’ projectual sources in Frederick II castra in Regnum Siciliae (1220-1266), in expectation of the Celebrazioni federiciane in Sicily (1994). The focus is to understand the modus agendi and the criteria of the project, in regard to the reasons why those particular geographical areas were selected. The research is based on travel diaries, sketches and photographical records stored at La Sapienza.

L'Oltremare crociato nell'Archivio fotografico Cadei della Sapienza. Le missioni di studio dal 1990 al 1993

Pio Francesco Pistilli
2022

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In the early 1990s, scholars from the University of Rome La Sapienza carried out a series of study trips in crusader Outremer led by Antonio Cadei, full professor of History of Medieval Art. From 1990 until 1993, three missions were organised: one in Cilicia (Southern Turkey), one in the Mediterranean Syria, and a third one in Israel with two appendices in Egypt and Cyprus. The aim was to achieve a deeper knowledge of citadels, castles, Frankish, Ayyubid and Mamluk strongholds that were known only through specialized and outdated studies from the second half of the 19th century. The main intention of the research and of the field trips was to gain an understanding of the connections between the Western and Eastern side of the Mediterranean sea during the 12th and 13th centuries. This was considered to be the base for further investigations on the Military Orders’ presence in Europe (for example in the Iberian Peninsula, in Occitania, and in Italy) as well as to identify – in fortified architecture context – crusaders’ projectual sources in Frederick II castra in Regnum Siciliae (1220-1266), in expectation of the Celebrazioni federiciane in Sicily (1994). The focus is to understand the modus agendi and the criteria of the project, in regard to the reasons why those particular geographical areas were selected. The research is based on travel diaries, sketches and photographical records stored at La Sapienza.
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