Chiesa di Sant'Agata al Carcere

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Chiesa di Sant'Agata al Carcere information

Catania , Italy
Piazza San Carcere
Opening hours
8.30am-1pm & 3-8pm Tue-Sat
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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.