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Lat: 37° 30' 15.34437" N - Long: 15° 5' 11.94495" E
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The real name of this church is "Basilica Maria Santissima dell'Elemosina", but people of Catania call it "Collegiata"; this nickname is from a college of canons that was established there in 1446.
The church, despite its beautiful Baroque appearance, is one of the oldest in Catania; its origins date back to the first centuries AD, in fact here in ancient times there was a votive column named after Maria Santissima dell'Elemosina.
The earthquake in 1693 destroyed it, so it was rebuilt after a design by Angelo Italia, reversing its orientation so that the facade looked towards the new main road axis of the town: the current Via Etnea.
The facade, from 1781, is a masterpiece by the architect Stefano Ittar, with alternating concave and convex elements.
Inside, among the various works of art, it preserves frescoes by Giuseppe Sciuti and paintings by Olivio Sozzi.
The organ, located behind the altar, is from the 18th century, and the large wooden choir is second in importance only to that of the Cathedral.
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