Like Martorana, San Cataldo was founded by an admiral,
this time Maio, who was murdered by Matthew Bonellus in November 1160.
During the eighteenth century the church was used as a post
office, until restored in the nineteenth.
The church is built in Byzantine style with 3 apses to the east before
a dome over the crossing. The interior style is a typical mixture
of Norman plainess mixed with Arab ogival vaults and Byzantine blind
arches pierced by ogival windows. The nave has 2 aisles with
spolia columns and Byzantine arcades and floor mosaics. Beneath
the church is the ancient city wall.
Why not join me here and at other Sicilian
castles? Information on this and other tours can be found at Scholarly
Paul Martin Remfry