Wall Plaque of St. Eulalia
Location: Palazzo Bellomo, Syracuse, Sicily
The figure's crown represents Eulalia's martyrdom rather than any royal status; it functions in the absence of a palm branch, the more usual attribute of a martyr. The upper inscription is Latin for "Saint Eulalia, Virgin and Martyr." On the scroll below, the third word appears to be a form of "Barcelona"; the other two are the
That is "possessive"
forms of the Latin words for "virgin" and "martyr."
The shield on the right appears to refer to a specific individual; several websites I consulted say a scallop shell designates a naval commander and a helmet represents rank. The shield on the left bears the coat of arms of Barcelona, the principal city of the Crown of Aragon. Thus, the two shields together probably designate a nobleman active in Sicily during the time when it was part of the Crown of Aragon (roughly the 15th through the 17th centuries).
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Photographed at the Palazzo Bellomo by Claire Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.