Acireale's San Sebastiano has one of the most beautiful baroque facades in Sicily. The statues are by Giovanni Battista Marino (1754).
Acireale is a beautiful and atmospheric little city located between Etna and the sea. The city is particularly interesting for its Baroque buildings (built after the earthquake in 1693) and mineral-water springs. You should visit the church of San Sebastiano (spectacular facade), the Palazzo Pennisi di Floristella, the basilica of Santi Pietro e Paolo, the cathedral Chiesa Madre, the church of Santa Maria del Suffragio, the church of San Camillo, the puppet theatre, and the church of San Domenico.
According to the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), Acireale has a population of approximately 52,500 inhabitants.
The most striking church in Acireale, is the Church of San Sebastiano. The facade is packed with statues and ornaments, not to mention the delightful frieze of cherubs crossing the whole facade from left to right.
Cherubs on the Church of San Sebastiano, Acireale.
Statue outside the church of San Sebastiano. The church has a 17th century facade in Spanish-Baroque style.
On several buildings there are fabulous grotesques and corbels etc.
One of the many faces of Sicily.
The church of San Domenico. Outside the picture, to the left, is the 17th century Palazzo Musmeci.
Chiesa Madre - the cathedral. The two towers were added in the 18th century by C.B.F. Basile.
The neo Gothic facade by Giovanni Battista Basile was added in the late 19th century
Santi Pietro e Paolo
The church Santi Pietro e Paolo on the Piazza Duomo. To the right you see the 17th century Town Hall with wonderful balconies supported by grotesque heads.
Museums in Acireale
Museo Basilica San Sebastiano (a collection of paintings, statues and embroidered priests’ robes).
Museo degli Uniformi Militari (a collection of military uniforms).
Museo Opera dei Pupi (puppet theatre and a museum of local marionettes).
Faces on the church of San Sebastiano, Acireale.
Chiesa di San Sebastiano.
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