Francesco Battaglia, a royal architect

Francesco Battaglia was a Sicilian architect.
He worked on the construction of the Benedictine convent in Catania with his son Antonino and the great 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 Stefano Ittar, another talented and capable architect (his son-in-law), he built the Porta Ferdinandea.
Upon his death it was his son Antonino who continued his artistic legacy.