Santuario di Santa Maria dell'Aiuto (Church of Santa Maria dell'Aiuto), Catania

Santuario di Santa Maria dell'Aiuto (Church of Santa Maria dell'Aiuto), Catania

The Church of Santa Maria dell'Aiuto is a beautiful parish church overlooking the square of the same name. The current temple was built on the ruins of the church of Saints Peter and Paul following the earthquake of 1693, and is designed by Antonino Battaglia and decorated by Michele Orlando.

Preceded by a wide staircase of about a dozen steps, the façade has a broken pediment with columns with modified ionic capitals, superimposed with two equally tall solid stone columns with Corinthian capitals. The lateral volutes are framed by two statues depicting Saints Peter and Paul. Flanking the left of the façade is a bell-tower with a clock, completed in the 19th century.

The interior contains a chapel housing a reduced-scale replica of the Holy House of Loreto and its marble screen added in the 1740s. There is also an elaborate reliquary in the altar of the Crucifix. The venerated icon of the Virgin is housed above the polychrome marble altar. Statues of St Peter and Paul and a depiction of God the Father frame the icon.

The second altar on the left contains a Crucifix with a wall of relics. The first altar on the right has a copy of the painting by Filippo Paladini depicting the Martyrdom of Saint Agatha; the original is housed in the Catania Cathedral.
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Sight Name: Santuario di Santa Maria dell'Aiuto (Church of Santa Maria dell'Aiuto)
Sight Location: Catania, Italy (See walking tours in Catania)
Sight Type: Religious
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