Piazza Duomo

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  • Day54

    Piazza del Duomo, Catania

    October 22, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Just around the corner from the Piazza Universita and Café Prestipino is the Piazza del Duomo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that represents the historic centre of the city. Catania was founded by the Greeks in 729 BC and has a rich history of cultural heritage that can be found in its beautiful monuments and building, all of which were rebuilt after Catania was destroyed by the 1693 earthquake.

    The earthquake struck parts of Sicily, Italy and Malta on 11th January 1693 and was the most powerful in Italian recorded history. It destroyed at least 70 towns and cities, Catania being one of them, and killed about 60000 people. Almost two-thirds of the entire population of Catania were killed, including 7000 that died praying when the cathedral collapsed.

    The Piazza del Duomo was rebuilt in 1700 on the site of the older medieval piazza. Packed full of historic sites and buildings it is the home to the richly decorated Catania Cathedral, Cattedrale di Sant’Agata which is dedicated to the patron saint of the city. Shock, surprise, we did not go into this Cathedral as it appeared to be closed whenever we walked by it, and we were quite happy to admire it from the outside.

    On one side of the piazza is the Palazzo degli Elefanti which currently houses the city’s Town Hall and on the other is the Palazzo del Seminario dei Chierici, which today is home to the Diocesan Museum and municipal financial offices.

    In the centre of the piazza is the whimsical Fontana dell’Elefante statue and this was one of my favourite sites in Catania. It looked so out of place amongst the elaborate buildings surrounding the square. The Fountain of the Elephant was built in 1736 and is a smiling black lava elephant dating from Roman times. The ancient Egyptian obelisk on the elephant’s back, decorated with ancient hieroglyphics, was brought from Egypt to Italy. The elephant is now the symbol of the city.

    We crossed the square numerous times during our four days in Catania as the main street, Via Etna, always lead back to the square and every time I would want take more photos of the elephant. He was just that cute, not a word I would usually use to describe a historic fountain.

    After a wander around the square we continued on to our next location.
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  • Day4


    October 5, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Catania, die Stadt am Fusse des Ätnas lebt hauptsächlich von demselben. Ganze Menschenmassen strömen hinauf zum Krater. So auch bei den Gästen unseres Schiffes. Wir hingegen zogen es vor, zum Piazza Duomo mit dem Elefantenbrunnen zu spazieren. Beides einer der wenigen Sehenswürdigkeiten in Catania. Heute Nachmittag geniessen wir die Ruhe an einem der vier Pools auf dem Schiff. Gegen Abend heisst es wieder "Leinen los". Am Montagmorgen werden wir in Kreta ankommen.Read more

  • Day5


    January 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Da soll es doch jede Menge Kirchen und Märkte geben, in diesem alten Hafenort... 🤔 Und so ist es auch: Catanias Dom, der angrenzende Piazza und die nach Westen führenden Straßen bannen uns für fast vier Stunden.
    Prunkvoll, mit einer eben stattfindenen Messe, ein paar Immigranten auf ihren Schlafmatratzen und jeder Menge Protestplakate vor den Toren, kommt der Dom daher. Die Flaniermeilen sind architektonisch hübsch anzusehen und hier und da mit westlichen Shoppingketten durchspickt.

    In einer ruhigen Seitengasse, bei einem sehr empfehlenswerten Café del Ginseng, kommen schon mehr italienische Gefühle auf.
    Nicht zu vergessen - der Fischmarkt! Einfach genial. Wie oft sind wir im Kreis gelaufen? So viel zu sehen, zu riechen, zu schnattern und zu kaufen 😇 (wir verstehen zwar nichts, aber es klingt wichtig!)

    Weiter geht‘s Richtung Süden mit dem Ätna im Rückspiegel!
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