Village in Gaggi – Borgo Antico Cavallaro

L’Antico Borgo Cavallaro is just 300 meters to the north-east of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and is a town of extraordinary beauty in Gaggi, characterized by narrow streets and alleys of Arabic style. Even the houses, all at a floor and leaning on each other, reminiscent of the medieval neighborhoods of characteristic imprint Arabic.
The Borgo, the size really small, houses inside the Church Holy Mother Mary. Annunziata, located at number 3 di Via Principe Galati. It is, since ancient times, the most important place of worship of the town having represented to the inhabitants of the country "real monument" to preserve and maintain.
The structure comes with massive walls that give grandeur to the Church and make it a unique beauty. Despite the importance of the Parish, it was closed for worship for a few years because of the poor condition of the interior, but in November 1999, following a restructuring wanted by Don Carmelo Lupò, It was reopened.
This led to a big bet as the retrieval of economic resources, for ordinary and extraordinary maintenance, it was not easy. But with the commitment and offers citizens, even today the church is used by the faithful especially for the celebrations most important such Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings and Holy Week.
The facade of the church is framed by beautiful lasene contrasting lava stone to pink marble of Taormina. The structure is flanked by a bell tower where the highest part you notice eardrums and trifigli in the four sides and a front shield bulb that lightens the prospectus. At the foot of the entrance we find the Tomb of Don Giovanni Battista, descendant of Don Biagio.
Another site of interest is the fraction Cavallaro Old Prison dating back to the fifteenth century.
It is characterized by a pincer staircase built entirely with lava stone. This stone was readily available in the territory of Gaggi for its proximity to the volcano Etna; the use of the same deduce the will to want to build a prison noteworthy, because otherwise they could have used the sandstone that you could find directly on site and at a lower price. At the end of the staircase leads upstairs, today nonexistent because collapsed over the years. The interior is characterized by red bricks baked stuffed between the stones, typical of the Roman style. The exterior is characterized by beautiful windows, they also lava stone. In this pretty village in Gaggi, in front of the prison, stands out Palace of the Marquis of Schisò. The structure is rudimentary, In fact, apart from a few decorative lava stone, as the cornices of the doors, it would seem a little house in the countryside more than a baronial mansion. The construction of the building dates back to the sixteenth century and is flanked by the Marquis Warehouse.
Between the Church Holy Mother Mary. Annunziata, the Palace of the Marquis of Schisò and the Old Prison are the Dammusi, or underground passages made for the flight of nobles and connecting the three main sites of the country by the banks of the river Alcantara.

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