The imposing grey marble facade of San Matteo Church overlooks the main street of the old town known as Cassaro, adorned by large baroque spirals and three niches with statues of Holy Mary (above the portal), of Saint Mattew (on the right) and of Saint Mattia (on the left). The church was founded in 1599 by the religious company of Miserenimi, dedicated to prayers for souls in Purgatory. The interiors have Renaissance proportions but were enriched during the 18th-century with fine murals and frescoes reflecting the counter-reformation taste for theatrical emphasis. On the main entrance there’s a beautiful bas-relief by G. Serpotta representing the Purgatory souls, Christ and an Angel. The wide barrel vault of the naive features paintings by Vito D’Anna representing the Apotheosis of Saint Matthew and Saint Mattia and the liberation of the Purgatory souls. Frescoes of the same painter decorate the beautiful dome, representing the Triumph of Mary in a bright vortex of clouds which suggests infinity. Four fine allegoric statues by G. Serpotta adorn the transept, representing Justice, Trust, Hope, and Charity. The sumptuous main altar covered with agate and lapis lazuli was built in the nineteenth century by F. Cinnistri.
- Open Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM, Sunday to Sunday from 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM