Fortified church

The Cathedral of Catania was deliberately built in an area near the sea so that its structure could better serve a dual purpose.
Both religious and defensive, it was nicknamed the ecclesia munita, meaning fortified church. It was largely destroyed by the earthquake of 1693 and only the apses remained standing, which still preserve the splendid and recently restored frescoes by Giovanni Battista Corradini.
La Cattedrale di Catania