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Church of Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani: photos, description Chiesa di Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani)

Church of Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani - an amazing monument in Messina. When residents saw the Church after the devastating earthquake of 1908, they called it a miracle. The earthquake wiped off the face of the earth a large part of the additions to the Church, leaving only the original building in the 12-13th centuries. But since the earthquake subsided ground on the spot where stands the Church today, it seems like a "drowned" in the earth. On the Western facade of the Church survived three portal of the 13th century.

Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani was built between 1150 and 1200 on the site of a pagan temple dedicated to Neptune. And the name of the Church was in the 16th century, when they were assigned to the Union of merchants from Catalonia, who made it their headquarters and placed above the main entrance is the Catalan coat of arms.

The interior of the Church, now used as a chapel, executed in red, yellow and white stone with tall Corinthian columns. The apse of the Church is an outstanding example of Norman architecture. The nave and two side chapels surmounted by a heavy brick dome. The Church itself is an example of mixture of styles: Romanesque architecture is complemented with Moorish elements (like geometric shapes) and Byzantine inclusions.

The Church houses the famous statue of don Juan of Austria, son of Emperor Charles V, the hero of the battle of Levanto 1571. Don Juan is depicted proudly trampling foot Ottoman commander Ali bass.