Cattedrale di Sant'Agata

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Cattedrale di Sant'Agata information

Location
Catania , Italy
Address
Piazza del Duomo
Telephone
+390 95 32 00 44
Opening hours
8am-noon & 4-7pm
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Inside the cool, vaulted interior of this cathedral, beyond its impressive marble facade sporting two orders of columns taken from the Roman amphitheatre, lie the relics of the city's patron saint.

The young virgin Agata resisted the advances of the nefarious Quintian (AD 250) and was horribly mutilated (her breasts were hacked off and her body rolled in hot coals). You can actually visit the dungeons where these atrocities were committed under the Chiesa di Sant'Agata al Carcere behind the Roman amphitheatre on Piazza Stesicoro. The saint's jewel-drenched effigy is ecstatically venerated on 5 February in one of Sicily's largest festivals.