San Cataldo

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 Sojourns.


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