Francesco Battaglia

The Sicilian architect was born in 1701 in Catania. He began his profession as a lapideum incisor, or sculptor of stone elements, then later worked on the construction of the Benedictine Monastery of Catania with his son Antonino and the famous architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini.
In 1768 he was declared the royal architect and became a point of reference for all other architects.
In Catania, together with architect Stefano Ittar, his son-in-law, he built the Porta Ferdinandea.
Upon his death it was his son Antonino who continued his professional activity and the unfinished construction sites