Chiesa San Biagio in Sant’Agata alla Fornace
Piazza Stesicoro, Catania
Rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake, embodies the names of two previous churches. According to the tradition, it was built on the site where Saint Agatha suffered the martyrdom of fire, the so-called “Furnace”, a pit filled with burning coals and shards. This hypothesis is supported by the location of the church, situated nearby the roman amphitheatre. Inside, you can admire a great painting by Giuseppe Barone, portraying the execution of Saint Agatha, and a wonderful marble altar containing a memorial of the “Furnace”, maybe built in the middle ages or in the 18th century.