Church of the Holy Forty Martyrs at Casalotto - Palermo
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Church of the Holy Forty Martyrs at Casalotto - Palermo

Piazza SS. Forty Martyrs at Casalotto. 

Today of the building, severely damaged by the bombs of 1943, there are only the remains of a building already existing in the twelfth century, probably built during the Norman period. The church was built over a cave used as a place of worship by the first Christians and this same construction typology is also present in the neighboring churches of the Gesù or Casa Professa and of San Michele Arcangelo which have deep caves under the foundations. The building is dedicated to forty martyrs who according to the news reached us were Roman soldiers of Christian faith and for this reason were persecuted by the emperor Valerio Licini. Around 320 BC 


In-depth study: Pietro Todaro: The subsoil of Palermo - 1988. Downloadable at the following ACCADEMIA.EDU address:

Card insertion: Ignatius Caloggero

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Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Web 

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