The elephant fountain in the Piazza Duomo Catania

The Piazza Duomo is the heart of Catania with the cathedral dedicated to Santa Agata dominating the space.  In the center is the Fontana dell'Elefante surmounted by a carved lava elephant bearing an Egyptian obelisk topped by a globe.  The fountain was created by sculptor Giovanni Battissta Vaccarini in 1736.  The elephant and obelisk are the symbol of the city and are said to date to ancient Roman times.  At the far side of the Piazza is the Fontana dell'Amenano fed by the waters of the underground Amenano River.  The Mercato della Pescheria lies just behind the fountain.

The Duomo presides over the Piazza.