The town of Motta Sant'Anastasia
Tourism in Motta Sant'Anastasia
Built in the second half of the XI century, the Donjon is situated on the highest place of a cliff from which it dominates the entrance from sea and the plane of Catania.
The building shows a rectangular plan and has been built on three levels till 21 metres in height.
The admittances to the tower are two and were made in different period. Some recent works of repair have brought to discover another entrance.
Photo © Affinità Elettive
The west portal and the two windows adjacent to it may be were added when the building was altered and turned into residence for the aristocrats of the time.
At ground floor there are different loopholes scattered along perimeter of the structure and it is still visible the mouth of the tank for gathering rain waters.
At first floor the tower becomes a real habitation since there are large windows, stone seats made into walls, small wall cabinets and cavities where once were set lights for night lighting.
Photo © A.p.t. Catania
Arrived at the second floor Donjon's structure shows some little changes: windows reduce considerably their dimensions and what characterizes the place is the elegant ogival arch with a middle arcade which supports the overhanging terrace finely decorated with some round merlons crossed by middle loopholes.