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Church of Sant'Agata in Guilla, Palermo

Church of Sant'Agata in Guilla - Palermo, Italy
Church of Sant'Agata in Guilla
Via del Celso 92, Palermo, Italy 90134Map
Neighborhood: Palazzo Reale/Monte di Pietà
Overview

This ancient church dedicated to Saint Agatha, who reputedly lived there, dates back to the 12th Century, but was hugely renewed between 1440 and 1500 in a late Gothic style. The so-called Gothic-Catalan style spread over the island during the Spanish Aragonian domination and integrated into the local Arab-Norman tradition. Elegance, sobriety and the presence of both horizontal and vertical elements are the main features of the Sicilian Gothic style, recognizable in the exteriors as well as in the interiors of Sant’Agata Church, with the typical moldings of pilasters and decorative cords above the little arched windows. The main entryway dates back to the 16th Century and features a fine decoration in the style of the Gagini school. The interiors suffered many thefts and acts of vandalism, yet they still preserve a gentle 15th-century fresco of Madonna delle Grazie (Holy Mary of Graces), said to be miraculous: according to tradition, in 1482 an impious man defaced the painting. It began bleeding and still features red spots on Mary and Jesus’ bodies and clothes. In 1685 the convent of Sant’Agata, originally a retreat for repentant prostitutes and women of ill repute, was connected to the church.

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