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Via Claudio Monteverdi, 15
Post code I-95131 Catania Sicily Italy
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Duomo square is the seat of the Cathedral and the Town Hall and it represent the centre of the civic life. Civil and religious monuments alternate to point out the architectonic synthesis between the civil and the religious power.

To include the whole perspective of the square we must put on the west side of the square, in front of the Cathedral. On the left it is the main facade of  the Townhall known with the name of Palazzo degli Elefanti, opposite, it is the austere Seminario dei Chierici that stretches itself as far as the sixteenthcentury walls joining to the Episcopal palace. It is the seat of the Diocesan Museum,fouded in 2001,where sacred art collections are Kept. Between the Seminario and the buildings adjacent to the Cathedral opens the Porta Uzeda ,built in 1696 as a scenographical opening of the walls over the square from which starts the long straight line of via Etnea. The quadrilateral is completed by the façades of two noble palaces outstretched to via Garibaldi.

The square shows the relationship between the city and the sea, that marks the Catanese economy trained since the ancient times towards trade and the mercantile activities. From here the city started to extend towards north along via Etnea that continues to the scenographical natural background of the volcano Etna. The quadrilateral aspect is determined by the façade of the buildings and the Cathedral.

The gates of the walls acquire a symbolical value recalling the model of the triumphal Roman arch. They mark clearly the distinction between the city and the counstryside, between the centre of the city and the outside.

To define the style of the architectures of the square we use the term “baroque”. In that case this term  is used in a generic and reducing way. The Baroque period was for Sicily a sort of Renaissance a constructive revival that involved all arts the Catanese Architecture is soberer than the Roman one and the other Baroque Sicilian cities.

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