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Basilica della Collegiata: photos, description (Basilica della Collegiata)

Basilica della Collegiata, also known as Santa Maria del monastery of St Lucy, is a Church in Catania, built in the style of Sicilian Baroque. Work on its construction began after the devastating earthquake of 1693 and was completed only in 1768.

The creation of the project of the Church is attributed to Angelo Italia, who changed the position of the previous building, destroyed by the disaster, so that the new Church was facing the street of via Uzeda (current via Etnea), in accordance with the plan to rebuild the city. The facade, which had been worked for Stefano Ittar, is one of the best examples of the style of Sicilian Baroque in Catania.

The Church has two orders, the first consists of six stone columns, surmounted by a balustrade. The second order has a large Central window, framed on the sides four statues of saints Peter, Paul, Agatha and Apollonia. At the top of the building there is the bell. To get to the Church can be, up the huge staircase, wrought iron railing which separated the space of the porch.

Inside the Basilica consists of a Central nave, two side aisles, separated by pilasters, and three apses. The Central apse a few elongated - it is the house of the parish priest. In the right side chapel is located the baptistery and three altars with images of saints. In the left aisle you can see the chapel of the Holy sacrament, with its marble altar. While the main altar of the Basilica is decorated with a marble balustrade and a marble statue of the Madonna. Attraction of the interior is the icon of the virgin Mary with child - copy of the Byzantine icon kept in the Church of the small Sicilian town of Biancavilla. Also worth noting is the wood on the 18th century wooden choir. The arches of the Basilica and its dome is painted with frescoes by Giuseppe Mess.