*U Liotru* as this #elephant
is called by locals, is the official symbol of #catania
It is related to an ancient legend about #eliodoro.
He was an aristocrat from Catania who aspired to become archbishop, but he fell into disfavor and he was accused of being a #wizard
. According to the legend, Eliodoro created the #liotru
and used to ride it to go back and forth Catania and Carthage.
Several hypothesis have been made by researchers to explain the oring of the #lavastone
statue. Some claim it was built in memory of the war between Carthaginians and Libyans; other say it used to be a religious idol, a magical statue that protected Catania from the #etna #eruptions.
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