Basilica of Collegiata is the most notable example of Sicilian Baroque in Catania.
Considered the most charming Sicilian Baroque building of Catania, the Basilica of Collegiata was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Etna in 1669.
Then Angelo Italia, an influential architect, redesigned the church changing the orientation of the building in order to have its new facade facing toward Via Etnea. Thanks to the collaboration with Stefano Ittar who designed this amazing facade, it acquired the reputation of being the most notable example of Sicilian Baroque in Catania. The name Collegiata means priest college, which it has been connected with since 1446.