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Via Claudio Monteverdi, 15
Post code I-95131 Catania Sicily Italy
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The Diocesan museum is located in the city centre of Catania, in a three-storey building that belonged to the ancient “Seminario dei Clerici” in Duomo square , near the Cathedral and “Palazzo dei Clerici”, a surrounding of great historical and artistic interest.

The external front, built after the earthquake of 1693 that destroyed all the city, is characterized by the chromatic contrast of the materials utilized for the reconstruction : the black of lava stone from Etna volcano and the white of the Syracuse stone.

The museum was open on the 1st of February 2001 and it is the symbol of the religious fervor of the city, because it contains the art and the treasures of the cathedral, such as silver religious objects, canonical  robes, sculptures, paintings and all the ancient furniture.  The display was done with great care and it was realized following a thematic route divided into two sections. The first, dedicated to the liturgical ornaments of the Cathedral, takes place in the halls on the first floor and it ends on the second floor in the chapel; the second section, that contains the ornaments of the other churches of the city, goes on in the halls of the second and the third floor, including the “Picture-Gallery”. It contains precious paintings, such as a “Madonna” (the Virgin Mary) with her baby and a Crucifixion, dating back to the XIV century, a “Madonna” on a throne with her baby (1880) by Bernardinus Niger and “the Sacred Family” (1790) by Antonio Cavallucci.

Then, there is a hall dedicated to the Patron Saint of Catania, “Sant’Agata”, where is possible to find “ex-voto” jewels. On the ground floor there is a room, where it is kept the silver “fercolo of Sant’Agata”, that brings in procession the reliquary of the Saint. It is a great privilege, for the people of Catania, to have the opportunity to admire it closely.

Diocesan museum: Duomo square, Via Etnea 8 Catania Tel +39 095 281635 Visiting hours: from Tuesday to Sunday in the morning from 9,00 to 12,30 and in the afternoom from 16,00 to 19,30. Entrance ticket: € 4,00; Reduced-rate ticket € 2.50; students € 1,00. Web site: http://www.museodiocesicatania.it/  

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