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San Giacomo Basilica

  • Address
    Largo S. Giacomo, Caltagirone (Italy)
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    From Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 17:00 to 19:00. Monday closed
  • What to see
    St James relic


The Basilica of San Giacomo in Caltagirone, Sicily, stands as a monument of deep historical and spiritual significance. Its foundation in 1090 by Count Ruggero, after defeating the Saracens, makes it a symbol of victory and a shelter for the relic of the arm of San Giacomo Maggiore Apostolo. Over the centuries, the basilica has withstood earthquakes and bombardments, rebuilding itself with devotion and community participation.

As a starting point for the festivities in honor of San Giacomo, the basilica displays its architectural splendor with an elegant Baroque façade, a 19th century bell tower and treasures such as Vincenzo Archifel’s statue of San Giacomo and the relics of Blessed Gerlando. Although its structure has evolved over time, the basilica remains rooted in Calatine devotion, manifested in processions and celebrations that highlight its importance as a sacred place of spiritual and cultural encounter.

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