Si Trova: In un terreno privato ad Agnone Bagni
Lat: 37° 18' 36.53484" N - Long: 15° 5' 56.85181" E
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The years around 1224 were full of events for the great emperor Frederick II: recently married to the young Constance of Aragon he spent some time in Catania.
During his free time, the emperor hunted and sought out moments of leisure in the area where in that time there was a magnificent forest, which no longer exist now, and which, beginning with the current Agnone Bagni, in the territory of Lentini, continued up to the hills above the town that the same Frederick built: Augusta.
Enjoying the beauty and healthiness of the place, and in order to maintain good relations with the papacy, Frederick II decided to build a magnificent basilica in the territory immediately behind the beach of Agnone, in what was then the fief of the Murgo.
Work began and the Basilica began to take shape more or less simultaneously with the construction of the Syracuse castle.
It was about 90 meters long and about 20 meters wide.
Perhaps out of necessity, or probably due to a setback against the Pope, Federico decided that the money for the construction of the basilica should have been spent rather for the construction of the trio of the castles of Syracuse, Augusta and Catania.
The construction site dedicated to the basilica was therefore immediately abandoned; the perimeter walls had only reached a height of two or three meters.
Today the remains of the basilica are located in a private property, and they are rather reworked, especially in the part of the apses, which over the centuries have been used as hay deposits and agricultural tools; in the eighteenth century a chapel was built in the main apse.
The walls are over 2.60 meters thick and the bases of the columns in the center and the half-columns along the walls can be seen among the vegetation.
An ogival door of a transept remains beautiful and intact.
The studies on this monument have highlighted how at that time the construction of the buildings began with the perimeter walls to then advance towards the central areas.
It is also for this reason that the basilica, despite having remained incomplete, remains a very important monument of the Swabian architecture in Sicily.
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