This church was erected in 1482 on an embankment in the main square of the lively Capo Market, and was originally connected to the destroyed Santa Anna convent by the Mercedari, a fraternal order devoted to Holy Mary, and committed to retrieving the Christian slaves from the Muslims, therefore the church is also known as Maria SS. della Mercede (Holy Mary of Grace). Its facade was badly renewed with plastering in 1931, but the original naked stone is visible on the other sides. Its finest treasures are the wooden statues preserved inside. The statue of “Santa Maria della Mercede” (1813) in the second chapel on the left, by sculptor Girolamo Bagnasco, is held in great devotion by locals who give tribute to Holy Mary with a week of celebrations in the end of September, carrying her statue in a procession. Other fine statues of saints are the ones representing San Pietro Nolasco in the first chapel on the left, and the ones of Holy Mary and San Pietro, set in the two wings of the transept. The main altar frontal is adorned with a beautiful marble and lapis lazuli inlay, coming from the destroyed church of Gran Cancelliere, and by a 17th-century painting also representing the Holy Mary of Grace.
- Open Hours: Sunday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM