From the Catania entry in Wikipedia:

Catania is the second largest city of Sicily after Palermo located on the east coast facing the Ionian Sea. It is the capital of the Metropolitan City of Catania, one of the ten biggest cities in Italy, and the seventh largest metropolitan area in Italy. The population of the city proper is 320,000 while the population of the city's metropolitan area, Metropolitan City of Catania, stood at 1,116,168 inhabitants.

Catania was destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes in 1169 and 1693, and by several volcanic eruptions from the neighbouring Mount Etna, the most violent of which was in 1669.

Catania was founded in the 8th century BC by Chalcidians. In 1434, the first university in Sicily was founded in the city. In the 14th century and into the Renaissance period, Catania was one of Italy's most important cultural, artistic and political centres.

I visited the Graeco-Roman Theater and Odeon, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Piazza del Duomo, the main square.

The Graeco-Roman Theater and Odeon was built in the first century CE on top of an earlier Greek building. The theater had two ambulatories (hallways under the seats) and could hold about 7000 people. In the 2nd century CE, a third ambulatory was added. The odeon was used for poetry and musical contests and for rehearsals.

The Roman Amphitheater was build in the 2nd century CE. It probably could hold about 15,000 people. See Amphitheater of Catania entry in Wikipedia.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Elephant Fountain
Elephant Fountain. (667k)
Fontana Del'amenano Amenano Fountain
Fontana del'Amenano (Amenano Fountain). (796k)
Cattedrale Di Sant'agata
Cattedrale di Sant'Agata. (679k)
Marble Decorations Cathedral
Marble decorations on the cathedral. (775k)
Marble Statue Cathedral
Marble statue at the cathedral. (676k)
Marble Statue Cathedral
Marble statue at the cathedral. (631k)
Marble Statue Cathedral
Marble statue at the cathedral. (662k)
Marble Statue Cathedral
Marble statue at the cathedral. (732k)
Marble Statues Cathedral
Marble statues at the cathedral. (638k)
Roman Amphitheater 2nd Century
Roman Amphitheater (2nd century CE). (1218k)
Roman Amphitheater 2nd Century
Roman Amphitheater (2nd century CE). (1047k)
Graeco-roman Theater
Graeco-Roman Theater. (1035k)
Graeco-roman Theater Church San
Graeco-Roman Theater with the church San Francesco d'Assisi all'Immacolata in the background. (969k)
Ambulatory Hallway Under Seats
Ambulatory (hallway) under the seats in the Graeco-Roman Theater. (961k)
Odeon Connected Graeco-roman Theater
The Odeon, connected to the Graeco-Roman Theater. (810k)
Odeon Connected Graeco-roman Theater
The Odeon, connected to the Graeco-Roman Theater. (974k)
Arches Catania
One of the arches in Catania. (633k)
Details Arch
Details on the arch. (643k)
Marble Statue
Marble statue. (784k)
Marble Corinthian Capital
Marble corinthian capital. (605k)
Marble Figure
Marble figure. (561k)
Narrow Streets Catania
One of the narrow streets in Catania. (974k)
Picturesque Streets Catania
One of the picturesque streets in Catania. (802k)
Churches Catania
One of the many churches in Catania. (658k)
San Francesco D'assisi All'immacolata
San Francesco d'Assisi all'Immacolata. (627k)

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