Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani - Messina, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 38° 11.481 E 015° 33.384
33S E 548723 N 4227192
Quick Description: Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani is located at Viale Garibaldi, 98100 Messina, Italy.
Location: Sicilia, Italy
Date Posted: 12/9/2019 5:21:22 AM
Waymark Code: WM11RA8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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Long Description:
The Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani (Italian: Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani) is a church in Messina, Sicily (Italy). It is an example of Norman architecture on Sicily.

The Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani is a Roman Catholic church built in the Norman style with Arab and Byzantine Influences. The church was build in the 12th century between 1150 and 1200 when the Normans ruled Sicily. It is built over the ruins of a pagan temple dedicated to Neptune.

In the 16th century the church was donated to the Confraternity of the Catalans, a group of merchants from Catania who made it their headquarters, hence the name Catalani.

The church is built to a cruciform plan with three levels. The entrance to the church is below ground level. The mid-level is highly ornate with columns supporting rounded arches with bands of geometric decorations above and below the arches. The highest level tower is a with a central tower of rounded arches supported by columns and topped with dome.

The interior features alternating stone and brick patterns to form a decorative two color scheme and rounded arches supported by Corinthian columns
Building Materials: Stone

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