from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. the great massacre of the French in Sicily, in the year 1282, on the evening of Easter Monday, at the hour of vespers.
- n.pl. See under Sicilian, a.
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The famous Sicilian Vespers (31 March, 1282) were the signal of revolt against the Angevin domination, in favour of Peter,
St. Rosalia, where her relics were found, which has been transformed into a church; S. Giovanni dei lebbrosi; S. Spirito, where the first episode of the famous Sicilian Vespers took place; I Cappuccini, with its well-known catacombs; the ancient convent of Baida on the slopes of Mt Aguzzo.