Chiesa Badia di Sant'Agata


With an elegant concave-convex facade reminiscent of Borromini, this 18th-century church was designed by Palermitan architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. The architect's death in 1768 saw Nicolò Daniele take over completion of the interior, his own contributions including the dramatic Carrara marble floor and amber-coloured altars in Castronovo marble. The pièce de résistance, however, is the spectacular, 360-degree panorama from the dome, which takes in the city's rooftops and domes, and a brooding Mt Etna to the north.

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1. Cattedrale di Sant'Agata

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2. Palazzo Sangiuliano

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3. Palazzo degli Elefanti

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4. Piazza del Duomo

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5. Fontana dell'Elefante

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6. Museo Diocesano

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7. Porta Uzeda

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8. Palazzo dell'Università

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