Palazzo degli Elefanti

Catania, Italy

Palazzo degli Elefanti ('Elephants Palace') currently houses the Town Hall of Catania. The palace, located on the northern side of the Cathedral square, was begun in 1696 after the devastating earthquake of 1693, its original designed having been commissioned to Giovan Battista Longobardo. The eastern, southern, and western façades were however designed at a later stage by Giovan Battista Vaccarini, while the northern one was by Carmelo Battaglia. The staircase opening to the inner court with four porticoes was added in the late 18th century by Stefano Ittar. In the second floor are paintings by the Sicilian artist Giuseppe Sciuti.

In 1736 Vaccarini erected a statue of an elephant carrying an obelisk in front of the Palazzo. It was probably inspired by Bernini's 1667 Elephant and Obelisk in Rome.

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Founded: 1696
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Daniel Siran (2 years ago)
Very nice
Eric Trip (2 years ago)
Finally I got to see the black dacked out elefant! Nice public space with lots of people.
Darrien Burke (4 years ago)
Stayed for 3 days and loved the friendly atmosphere. Food is always good
Lukas Renggli (4 years ago)
The elephant statue is one of the cutest statues I've ever seen. There is also an elephant carving on the floor of the piazza.
A. Davis (5 years ago)
Beautiful square with the movie esk appeal that you would see in old classic Italian movies.
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