Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani

Messina, Italy

The Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani is an example of Norman architecture on Sicily. It dates from the 12th century, when Sicily was under Norman rule. Built on top of the ruins of an older temple dedicated to Neptune, the church is an example of Sicilian Norman architecture with its mix of different cultural elements.

The church displays influences from Arab and Byzantine architecture and also contains Roman elements. Particularly the apse is unusually well-preserved. The name of the church derives from merchants from Catalonia who established a presence in Messina in the 16th century.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Homa (2 years ago)
It can’t believable but it’s a Church. The look is very different because it has a Norman_Arab style. They adopted this style from Islamic time.
Lucian Popescu (2 years ago)
Overlooked norman era church mixing romanesque and moorish styles. Interior seemed not open for visitors
mustafa cutlerywala (4 years ago)
Great place with lovely architecture
Sumit Roy (5 years ago)
Nice architecture
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