Si Trova: ad Acireale
Lat: 37° 36' 47.30454" N - Long: 15° 9' 58.26028" E
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Named after Maria Santissima Annunziata, the Cathedral of Acireale was built between 1598 and 1889; during this long time different constructive styles have been mixed up to obtain what we can admire today.
The facade is in neo-Gothic style, with two elegant bell towers on the sides, and is work by Giovan Battista Filippo Basile.
It is adorned with a 17th century portal.
The dome, designed by Paolo Amico, was completed in 1732.
An overpass connects the Duomo to the Bishop's Palace.
In 1948 this Cathedral was designated minor basilica by Pope Pius XII.
Entering, you remains open-mouthed admiring the vaults frescoed by Pietro Paolo Vasta, Antonio Filocamo, Venerando Costanzo Varbazza and Giuseppe Sciuti.
The chapel of Santa Venera, richly decorated in the 1600s by Girolamo Baragioli, preserves the relics of the saint.
You can also admire the Baroque fercolo, built between 1659 and 1783.
In the floor of the transept a beautiful sundial deserves a special attention; it was made in 1843 by Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters, it is more than 16 meters long and is adorned with the symbols of the zodiac, work by Giovan Francesco Boccaccini.
On the sides it carries Astronomical, Physical, Geodetic and Metric information.
The sundial indicates the astronomical noon, which does not coincide with that of the current clocks as these are set according to an average calculation of the rotation speed of our planet around the Sun; speed that actually is subject to slowdowns and accelerations.
In the sacristy it is possible to consult tables showing how far the true noon is, marked by the sundial, compared to that of the current clocks.
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