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Catania Historic District/Site
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Black lava stone from Etna, combined with largely Baroque architecture, give Catania's historic center a very distinctive feel. After Catania's destruction by lava and earthquake at the end of the 17th century, the city was rebuilt and "u Liotru" (an elephant carved out of lava) was placed outside the cathedral as a kind of talisman. Also of note in the center are Castello Ursino, which is now a museum, the Greco-Roman theater next to Piazza Duomo, and the Roman amphitheater in Piazza Stesicoro.

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Catania, Sicily  Italy

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