Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania

Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania

Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania
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  • duhoz
    Beroun, Czech Republic7,237 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Destroyed and rebuilt cathedral
    Impresive cathedral on the main sqaure is the landmark of the city.The cathedral has been destroyed and rebuilt several times because of earthquakes and eruptions of the close by Etna. Nice interie. Free entrance, openings 8.00-12:00 and 16:00-19:00. Justt next to the entrance to the cathedral on the right side, underneath of the floor yo can find Terme Achilliane (bath) signafitian buildingof the Roman Imperial period.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Louise V
    38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Souvenir rosary from this church is actually from where?
    Beautiful Church in Catania ,Sicily but... I visited this beautiful Church in Catania and purchased a rosary for a friend of mine. Not even thinking about it since, I brought it home and didn't look at it again until I met with my friend to give her the rosary. Imagine my surprise and embarrassment to find the rosary was not from Sant'Agata, Catania but from Fatima, Portugal. Why in the world would this church sell a rosary from Fatima when I am in Catania?
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 January 2024
  • AMsays
    Thornhill, Canada4,655 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You're looking good for 938....
    The building was built over Roman Baths in 1086 but since then it has gone through many renovations, rebuilt mainly because of natural disasters and aggressions. It has been presided over by the French, Swabians, Normans but initially by Byzantine forces who it is believed absconded with artifacts from here that ended up at Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia mosque. The outer façade is topped by a bell tower. Inside there are the usual religious artifacts, statues and beautiful artwork. I was very impressed with the striking flooring.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 February 2024
  • Ana V
    Eugene, Oregon654 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Cathedral
    This beautiful cathedral is dedicated to patron saint of the city Saint Agatha. The church sits over the ruins of an ancient Roman bath. It looks like you can possibly visit them (entrance is to the right of the cathedral entrance) but they were not open the day I was there. Most of the church was destroyed in the quake of 1693 and rebuilt in the Baroque style. The columns decorating the facade were originally from Roman buildings in Catania. To the right of the altar is the reliquary of Saint. Agatha.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2024
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe4,846 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Contrasting the baroque facade is a relatively stern interior
    It was still raining heavily outside when we entered the cathedral of Catania, dedicated to Saint Agatha, the patron saint of the city. It was originally constructed in 1093 but was destroyed several times by earthquakes and the eruptions of Etna. From 1859 it is the seat of Archbishops of Catania. The two of us didn't have much time to explore the interior (which is more classical than baroque) in detail, but we left the church with the impression that it was somewhat stern and sombre.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2024
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Peter C
Island of Malta, Malta2,821 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Catania Cathedral dedicated to Saint Agatha is a majestic Baroque building. Once inside, take your time to admire the decorative apse, mullioned windows, several statues and beautiful paintings. Also visit the Chapel of Saint Agatha and Chapel of the Holy Crucifix together with the tombs of composer Vincenzo Bellini and various kings. Definitely worth the time.
Written 28 December 2021
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Seeking True Quality
Europe4,846 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
It was still raining heavily outside when we entered the cathedral of Catania, dedicated to Saint Agatha, the patron saint of the city.
It was originally constructed in 1093 but was destroyed several times by earthquakes and the eruptions of Etna. From 1859 it is the seat of Archbishops of Catania.
The two of us didn't have much time to explore the interior (which is more classical than baroque) in detail, but we left the church with the impression that it was somewhat stern and sombre.
Written 27 April 2024
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The cathedral got its present shape during the first half of the 18th century. Baroque and neoclassicism are the main architectural styles applied. As with many religious buildings at the time, the colossal design served to demonstrate the power of the Roman Catholic church. From a present-day perpsective perhaps a bit over the top, but still an interesting structure to observe.
Written 12 January 2023
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InTheMomentManhattan
New York City, NY1,108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The Catedrale of Catania is located in the piazza that forms the heart of the city. Neesdless to say the interior is very grand. Also located near the front door off to the right is the grave of Vicenzo Bellini - the great opera composer.
Written 19 May 2022
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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic7,237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Impresive cathedral on the main sqaure is the landmark of the city.The cathedral has been destroyed and rebuilt several times because of earthquakes and eruptions of the close by Etna. Nice interie. Free entrance, openings 8.00-12:00 and 16:00-19:00. Justt next to the entrance to the cathedral on the right side, underneath of the floor yo can find Terme Achilliane (bath) signafitian buildingof the Roman Imperial period.
Written 31 October 2023
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,655 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The building was built over Roman Baths in 1086 but since then it has gone through many renovations, rebuilt mainly because of natural disasters and aggressions. It has been presided over by the French, Swabians, Normans but initially by Byzantine forces who it is believed absconded with artifacts from here that ended up at Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia mosque. The outer façade is topped by a bell tower. Inside there are the usual religious artifacts, statues and beautiful artwork. I was very impressed with the striking flooring.
Written 8 February 2024
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buntythecow
Wedmore, UK166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The cathedral is an impressive building. You will soon realise that most attractions open early and shut at approx 12 and then open again at 3. No lie ins on this holiday, you need to get up early.
The cathedral has some lovely artefacts. When we visited there was a service taking place at the front.
There are lots of art pieces. Well worth a visit.
Written 1 March 2020
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Matthew P
London, UK5,997 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
in my time in Sicily i have noticed the churches and cathedrals are large but lack the detail found in UK versions. Not taking anything away from them, but they seem to be bland and short on inside details. The inside was painted white and had a few pictures, and a grave or two. Worth visiting but not that much to sing about.
Written 1 July 2024
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This nice Baroque Cathedral stands in the main square of Catania: Piazza del Duomo. It was designed by Vaccarini after the 1693 earthquake. It’s a majectic building both outside and inside. It’s free and I think, it’s a must-see attraction. The relics of St. Agatha are kept here. We visited the Tomb of Belloni, the famous musician.
Written 8 March 2023
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Louise V
38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Beautiful Church in Catania ,Sicily but... I visited this beautiful Church in Catania and purchased a rosary for a friend of mine. Not even thinking about it since, I brought it home and didn't look at it again until I met with my friend to give her the rosary. Imagine my surprise and embarrassment to find the rosary was not from Sant'Agata, Catania but from Fatima, Portugal. Why in the world would this church sell a rosary from Fatima when I am in Catania?
Written 26 January 2024
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