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Lat: 37° 4' 22.50949" N - Long: 15° 17' 27.77383" E
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The Church of St Lucia was built probably in the Byzantine period, on the site where, according to tradition, on December 13th 304, the Syracusan virgin Lucia suffered martyrdom.
It was rebuilt by the Normans in 1100 by Gerardo da Lentini; from this period it preserves the almost intact portal, the apses, the four pillars supporting the dome and the first two orders of the bell tower.
The rose window of the façade dates back to the 14th century, while other parts were reworked in the 1600s and after the earthquake of 1693.
The portico in the right side and in the façade is from the 18th century.
In the 14th century the roof was built, decorated with 15th century paintings representing two hundred and fifty coats of arms, including those of the Aragonese of Sicily and Spain.
To the right of the presbytery, a small granite column, according to tradition, would indicate the exact location of the martyrdom of Saint Lucia.
For a side altar of this church the painter Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio, painted in 1609 "The Burial of St.
Lucia", which is currently exhibited in the church of Santa Lucia alla Badia, in Piazza Duomo.
Through a staircase to the right of the presbytery you descend into the octagonal chapel of the Sepulcher, the basement, which houses the niche in which the saint was buried.
From here, the body of Saint Lucia was brought to Constantinople in the 11th century by Giorgio Maniace and later, in 1204, by the Crusaders, to Venice, where it still rests in the church of S.Geremia.
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