Basilica della Collegiata

Catania, Italy

The Basilica della Collegiata was built in the early 18th century, after the earthquake of 1693 that had destroyed most of the city.

The design of the church is attributed to Angelo Italia (1628–1700), who changed the orientation of the previous edifice destroyed by the earthquake, in order to have it facing the new via Uzeda (current Etnea Street) according to the rebuilding plan of the city. The façade, designed by the polish architecte Stefano Ittar (1724–1790), is one of the most notable examples of late Baroque in Catania.

It has two orders, the first of which featuring six stone columns, surmounted by a balustrade. The second order has a large central window, with, at the sides, four large statues of St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Agatha and St. Apollonia. Over the second floor is a central element housing the bells.

The church is accessed through a large staircase on which, delimiting the parvise, is a wrought iron parapet.

Interior

The interior follows a common basilica plan, with a nave and two aisles divided by two pilasters, and three apses. The central apse is rather elongated to house the rectory.

The right aisle is home to a baptistery and three altars with canvasses of saints. At the end of the aisles is the Immaculate altar, preceded by a marble balaustrade, over which is a marble statue of the Madonna. In the apse of the nave is the high altar, with an icon of the Virgin with a Child, a copy of a Byzantine original in the sanctuary of Biancavilla. Behind the altar are an 18th-century wooden organ and a wooden choir.

The left aisle, in the apse area, houses the Holy Sacrament Chapel, with a marble altar. The vaults and the dome were frescoed in 1896 by Giuseppe Sciuti with scenes of the Life of Mary, Angels and Saints.

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Via La Piana 6, Catania, Italy
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Founded: 1768
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Krzysiek Chojnacki (4 months ago)
This city is disgusting, trash and graffiti everywhere. People are driving like lunatics. Stay away if you like your mental health and property (thefts), go see beautiful Taurmina or Siracusa - much more tourist friendly.
Ana S (9 months ago)
Beautiful baroque church, one of Catania's jewels, often used for weddings.
Wisanu Tuntawiroon (12 months ago)
The Basilica della Collegiata in Catania is a truly beautiful church, with a rich history and exquisite architecture. While there are certainly many stunning churches to be found throughout Italy, this particular basilica is a hidden gem that should not be missed. One unique feature of this basilica is that it also doubles as a wedding hall on occasion. While this may cause some inconvenience for visitors during weekends when a wedding is taking place, it is also a testament to the beauty and versatility of the church. Despite its smaller size, the basilica is grand in style, with intricate details that are sure to impress. Visitors can expect to be wowed by everything from the impressive altar to the stunning stained glass windows. Overall, the Basilica della Collegiata in Catania is a must-visit for anyone interested in religious architecture and history. While its dual use as a wedding hall may be a minor inconvenience for some, it only adds to the charm and character of this beautiful church.
jeremy kalous (2 years ago)
Lovely inside and outside. Open in the mornings
Mas Hassan (2 years ago)
A great historic building and a serene place of worship, well looked after and very well managed. It was a soothing experience to attend the service.
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