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Lat: 37° 30' 25.29112" N - Long: 15° 5' 3.553372" E
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The church of St Agata to the prison consists of three parts of different eras: Roman, Medieval and Baroque.
The Roman part consists of a room that is a place of worship, in fact it is believed that St Agata was imprisoned here.
Prisons in the 1500s were incorporated into the town walls, in fact the window of the holy prison opens on them.
The baroque part was instead built in 1760.
For the realization of the façade, the architect Stefano Ittar has reused a beautiful portal of the thirteenth century which is one of the greatest treasures of medieval Catania.
On the lateral columns there are some typically medieval allegorical figures, one of which would represent the Emperor Federico II.
The church also houses a painting on a panel by Bernardino Niger Grecus (1588), depicting the Martyrdom of Sant'Agata.
In a case there are two interesting slabs of lava stone, on one of which are imprinted the imprints of two small feet, miraculously left by St.
Agatha on the threshold of the prison on January 31, 251 AD, as tradition tells.
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