Palazzo Biscari

Catania, Italy

Palazzo Biscari

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The Palazzo Biscari is a monumental private palace located on Via Museo Biscari in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. The highly decorative interiors are open for guided tours, and used for social and cultural events.

After the devastations of the 1693 Sicily earthquake, the Prince of Biscari, Ignazio Paternò Castello, 3rd Prince of Biscari, obtained the permission to build this palace. At the time the building stood against the French king Charles V's walls of the town. After Ignazio's death in 1699, his son Vincenzo (1685-1749) and later his nephew Ignazio Paternò Castello (1714-1786), the fifth Prince of Biscari extended and completed the decoration. This latter prince complemented the work with a museum space to display his large collection of mainly archeologic and numismatic collections, now on display in the Museo Civico Castello Ursino.

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