Nowadays dedicated to Santo Stefano, the church better known with its original name of the Chiesa dell’Annunziata, was founded in 1582 by Nicolò Spadafora, together with the convent of the Third Franciscan Order, which unfortunately no longer exists. It is located in a place of great historical and artistic interest, next to the famous medieval Zisa castle, in the square of the same name. The present building was erected in 1662 in baroque style, as is evident in the theatrical facade adorned with spirals, festoons and cones. Its overall design is accentuated by ochre pilaster strips standing out on the white plaster walls. A baroque aedicule above the fine entrance hosts a little white marble statue of Holy Mary, whereas on the sides two niches feature statues of Franciscan saints. The interiors, which have suffered much tampering, were once covered with beautiful baroque fresco paintings, the remains of which are preserved. The chapels host several funeral monuments of members of the Sandovals (the noble family who owned Zisa) that are well-preserved, as well as the fine marble altar of the Trinity.
- Open Hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Monday to Saturday from 03:30 PM to 08:00 PM, Sunday to Sunday from 08:00 AM to 01:00 PM, Sunday to Sunday from 04:30 PM to 07:30 PM