Si Trova: a Catania, nei pressi del porto di Ognina
Lat: 37° 31' 42.82990" N - Long: 15° 6' 49.28363" E
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The Ognina Tower is located inside the courtyard of the church of Santa Maria di Ognina.
Actually it acts as a bell tower.
It has a circular plan with a diameter of 7 meters.
Four blackbirds survive from the original battlements; the rest have been rebuilt.
It is a Saracen tower, but there is no element that allows the dating of the origins of this tower, and the historical informations are rather poor.
One could however hypothesize its construction around the fourteenth century.
Tradition would have it built on the remains of the Greek castle of "Italicon", as say Diodoro Siculo, and probably it was still existing at least partially until the sixteenth century.
Once it had to be close to the sea; subsequently a lava flow gained land to the sea, so now the tower is rather backward compared to the current port.
Unfortunately it is not very visible as it is surrounded by buildings.
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