Si Trova: a Catania, vicino al Palazzo Biscari
Lat: 37° 30' 9.497456" N - Long: 15° 5' 25.07407" E
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This palace is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture that contains within it some "surprises": pre-existing Roman times and part of the structure of the medieval Platamone palace.
In the 15th century the Platamone family, one of the most illustrious of Catania, erected a palace among the most luxurious and representative of the town, which was later donated to the nearby monastery of St Placido.
After the 1693 earthquake, with the reconstruction of the monastery, the oldest evidence of the building was annexed in the courtyard of the monastery; today there is a wonderful balcony decorated with lava stone alternating with white limestone, arranged in a zig zag pattern, and with the family crest in the middle.
Further embellished by a series of pointed arches resting on corbels carved with floral elements that alternate with human figures.
It is a real jewel, emblem of medieval art in Catania.
This part of the old Platamone palace was connected to the port by a private passage through the town walls.
In the external part of the palace-convent, in front of the entrance of the Bescari palace, a late seventeenth-century door is beautiful; this was the main entrance to the convent.
A little further on there is a relief of Sant'Agata.
Today Platamone palace is place for cultural and musical meetings.
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