Feeds

The Great Beast's shag pad: Yours for €1.5m

Aleister Crowley's Sicilian cottage up for sale

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Those with a taste for the occult and a more than a few quid to spare might be interested in viewing the Sicilian cottage where "wickedest man in the world" Aleister Crowley once held court.

According to the Telegraph, the "Abbey of Thelema" near the town of Cefalu is on the market for €1.5m, and for your money you get a "tumbledown" property with some interesting interior decor.

The Great Beast shacked up in the house in the early 1920s, naming it in honour of his religious philosophy "Thelema". It hosted a commune which indulged in "yoga, adoration of the Sun and the study of his own mystical philosophical writings", and, in keeping with the basic Thelemic tenet "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law", enjoyed "orgies and experiments in free love".

None of this much impressed Mussolini and chums, and Crowley and his entourage were finally booted out of the country in 1923.

Crowley's Sicilian legacy is represented by the property's "explicit, erotic frescoes of men and women entwined together", painted by the man himself.

Crowley also added a few choice words to his artwork, including one phrase which reads: "Stab your demonic smile to my brain: Soak me in Cognac, C*nt and Cocaine."

While the rooms containing that and other musings probably aren't suitable as kids' bedrooms, the estate agents flogging the Abbey of Thelema reckon they could form the basis of a Crowley museum.

We reckon the success of such a venture is doubtful. Apart from the extravagant asking price, timorous locals believe the house is cursed and won't set foot in the place.

There are some photos of the Abbey of Thelema and its frescos, taken back in 1989, right here, and more on Crowley here. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contacted as site supremo coughs up
Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future
We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.