Aci Catena, Province of Catania, Sicilia
Provinces of Sicily
- Altitude: 170 m a.s.l
- Population: about 26,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 95022
- Dialing Area Code: +39 095
- Patron Saint: Maria Santissima della Catena, celebrated on 11 January and 15 August.
- Frazioni & Localities: Aci Catena, Aci San Filippo, Aci Santa Lucia, San Nicolò, Vampolieri, Sant'Anna
The three prisoners took the occasion to pray the Virgin Mary: before the astonished guards, the prisoners' chains fell to the ground, and the Virgin Mary spoke to them. The miracle started the worship in many parts of Sicily of the Madonna della Catena, defender of all those who were unjustly persecuted.
Also in Aci Catena there was a church dedicated to this figure, and during the ruinous earthquake of 11 January 1693 the church was the only bullding spared from destruction. In 1747 Prince Luigi Il Reggio settled in Aci and had a magnificent mansion built there, which was called "II Palazzo del Principe". On 4 september 1761 a terrible flood almost destroyed the town, claiming dozens of victims.