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Lat: 37° 30' 7.848442" N - Long: 15° 5' 15.35536" E
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Terme Achilleane are one of the most significant buildings of the Roman-Imperial age in Catania.
The Prince of Biscari Ignazio Paternò Castello carried out the excavation work in the eighteenth century and discovered this great thermal complex; traces of it are under the Cathedral, under the Seminary of the Clerics and under the Palazzo Senatorio.
The structures are datable to the IV-V century and located under the Duomo place.
The name is derived from an inscription on a marble slab dating back to the first half of the 5th century, reduced to six very incomplete fragments and now exhibited in the Civic Museum at Ursino Castle.
Among the different rooms stands a central chamber whose ceiling is supported by four quadrangular pillars.
The vaults are embellished with stuccowork with images of children, animals and tendrils with bunches of grapes.
At the center of this room is a pool originally covered in marble.
What happened in Sicily: 27 November
Today we discover...
St George's Portal
An example of Gothic-Catalan architectural style
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