Acireale Cathedral

Acireale Cathedral (Italian: Cattedrale di Acireale or Cattedrale Maria Santissima Annunziata) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the city of Acireale in Sicily, province of Catania, Italy. It was declared the seat of the Bishop of Acireale in 1870.

The present cathedral building, which is located in the Piazza Duomo, was constructed as a simple parish church between 1597 and 1618 that was greatly enlarged a few years later when it received the relics of Saint Venera, one of the two patron saints of the city, which are still located here. It survived the earthquake of 1693, and the present cathedral is a 17th century building with significant additions from each succeeding century.

Of particular note are the Baroque portal representing the Annunciation by Placido Blandamonte of Messina, dating from 1668, combined with a Neo-Gothic west front by Giovan Battista Filippo Basile, completed after his death in 1891 to his plans, of c.1900. The two campaniles, in Mannerist style with octagonal bases, although identical in appearance, are centuries apart in construction: the one to the south is from 1655, as is the cupola, while the one to the north, as well as the rose window, are from 1890. The interior is 17th century Baroque.

Sources and external links

  • Catholic Encyclopedia: Diocese of Aci-Reale
  • Catholic Hierarchy: Diocese of Acireale
  • Diocese of Acireale: official website (Italian)

Coordinates: 37°36′47″N 15°09′58″E / 37.613054°N 15.16609°E / 37.613054; 15.16609