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Piazza Duomo, Catania

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Historic Site
An elephant carved from black volcanic rock in 1736--the symbol of Catania itself--sits in a fountain in Piazza Duomo. The square is the historic heart of the city, where you can admire Baroque structures from the 17th century. Look for the Cathedral of Saint Agatha and the town hall, among others. Take some time to people-watch at one of the cafes on the square. To visit Piazza Duomo and other attractions in Catania, use our Catania tourist route planner.
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  • .......but as far as we could see, closed to access. Oh well. The Piazza is gorgeous, well worth some pictures, We were lucky enough to be there at midday, when the bells did their full thing on the s...  more »
  • The Piazza del Duomo is the most important square in Catania. In it converge three streets, Via Etnea, most important historic axis of the city, Via Garibaldi and Via Vittorio Emanuele II, the crossing from East to West. On the eastern side of the square is the Cathedral, or duomo, on the north side is located the Palazzo degli Elefanti, Town Hall. On the other side of the square lies the fontana dell'Amenano, very famous among the inhabitants of the city, which are thrown coins (as in the Fontana di Trevi) and, beside it, the Palazzo dei Chierici, the terraces you can admire two splendid panoramas: on the one hand, the Piazza del Duomo with the fontana dell' elephant and the Via Etnea with Mount Etna in the background; on the other hand, the walls of Carlos V, La Porta de Carlos V is part of the only stretch of the walls of the city that has been preserved to the present day. In the center of the square is the symbol of Catania, a statue of volcanic stone that represents an elephant, located in the center of a marble fountain remodeled several times. To its around a swirl of people doing selfies Las Terme Achilliane are underground thermal structures of the century IV - V situated about 4-5 meters under the Piazza del Duomo. You can access the baths from the Diocesan Museum in Catania by a Hall with a barrel vault excavated Roman structures and the foundations of the Cathedral (to which is entered through a small ladder), which allows to make a trip to the bowels of the city, which runs the Amenano River, whose waters come to the surface in the nearby Fontana dell'Amenano. The name of the hot springs was deducted from an inscription on a marble plaque reduced in six major very incomplete, probably dated in the first half of the 5th century and fragments exposed currently Castello Ursino Museum inside. Still discussed over the time of Foundation of the building, but it is likely that it already existed in the 4th century. Guessed the existence of the building at the time of Constantine based on reuse in the interior of the Cathedral of a group of capitals of this epoch, which could come from this building. Buried by the earthquakes of February 4, 1169 and the 11 January 1693, (known in antiquity) remains were rediscovered by the Prince of Biscari. In 1856, during the construction of the gallery that goes low the Seminary of the clergymen were found remains which are also attributed to the same building, perhaps belonging to a calidarium, because there were remains of a hypocaust floor. The baths had to extend to the current Via Garibaldi, where more remains were found. According to the reconstruction of the 19th century of the complex, the currently visitable part probably includes only a part of the frigidarium. Between 1974 and 1994 they were closed because they were considered unsafe. They were reopened after a restoration of the municipality (1997) and closed again due to flood. After the works of paving of the Piazza del Duomo (2004-2006) the thermal building reopened again to the publico.1 the Cathedral has been destroyed and rebuilt several times after the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that have occurred throughout the history of the city. The first building dates back to 1078-1093 period and it was built on the ruins of the baths of the Roman period, on the initiative of Count Roger, acquiring all the features of ecclesia munita (i.e. fortified). In 1169 an earthquake almost completely destroyed her leaving intact only the part of the apse. In 1194 a fire caused major damage and finally in 1693 earthquake which affected the Val di Noto destroyed it almost completely. The Norman remains consist of the high transept, two towers (perhaps coeval to the primitive structure) and the three semicircular apses, which can be visited from the courtyard of the Archbishop's residence, are composed of large blocks of volcanic rock, much of which recovered from Roman buildings of the imperial age. The monument was built in the 2nd century. The exact date is not known, but the architectural style suggests in the time between the emperors Hadrian and Antoninus Pius. He was hit by the lava in 252-253, but without destroying it. In the fifth century, Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths, used it as a quarry of materials for the construction of buildings of masonry, and in the 11th century, also-Roger II of Sicily used more parts and materials for the construction of the Cathedral, on whose apses are recognized still used stones, perfectly cut, perhaps also used in Castello Ursino in the time of Federico. In the 13th century, according to tradition, the Angevins used their vomitoria (access) to access the city during the Sicilian Vespers. In the following century the accesses were freed and the ruins was incorporated in the net of aragonesas fortifications (1302). With the level of construction of the walls of the town in 1550 ensured the ruins; the first and second floor was demolished and galleries were filled with their debris. After the earthquake of 1693, was definitively buried to be subsequently transformed into main square. Subsequently new homes were built on the roof and the Church of San Biagio (called ' A Carcaredda, i.e., the oven).
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  • The piazza has the Duomo (Cathedral) which is great and in alive in full use. There is the monument of the iconic Sicily elephant in the centre of the Piazza and also the fountain in the corner of the...  more »