Churches in Trapani - Egatour Viaggi


Churches in Trapani

Deepening about some of the most important churches in Trapani 



San Lorenzo Church (Cathedral)  Corso Vittorio Emanuele 

The Cathedral is located along the main street of the historic center – Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Outside you can admire a beautiful portico with three arches and two huge bell towers. Inside, on the other hand, a Latin cross plan with three naves and four chapels. In this church, the statue of "The Dead Christ" realized by Giacomo Tartaglia, made with a type of marble called "incarnate" because of its color, which makes the statue very realistic.


College Church and Jesuits Convent Corso Vittorio Emanuele 

Dating from the seventeenth century, it is one of the few examples of Baroque art in Trapani. The Jesuits, arrived in Trapani in 1581, obtained permission to build the church, consecrated only in 1705. Inside, Bartolomeo Sanseverino lavishly decorates it with marbles and stuccos, and it has three naves with columns and arches. Giovanni Biagio Amico, the same architect of the Purgatory Church and the Cathedral, built the chapel of Sant’Ignazio, located on the left of the apse, in 1714. Here you can find the icons of the Immaculate Conception made by marble, a wooden Crucifix and three paintings by the Flemish painter G. Gerardi.


Purgatory Church  Via S. Francesco D'Assisi

The famous Purgatory Church was built in 1688, but the architect Giovanni Biagio Amico built its prospect between 1712 and 1714. The façade presents twelve statues of the Apostles. This sanctuary owes its fame above all to what it preserves inside it, the famous "Mysteries" (trades), a group of twenty statues dating back to 1400, made of wood, canvas and glue and depicting the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For over 400 years, in fact, the tradition of Trapani involves and invites devotees and curious, to attend the procession that takes place on Good Friday.


Sant’Agostino Church  Piazza Saturno

This is one of the oldest churches of the historic center. Frederick III of Aragon granted it to the Augustinian fathers who renovated and enlarged giving it the current appearance with a single nave and polygonal apse, a gabled façade and a large rose window. Note the similarity between this rose window and the one of the Mother Church of Erice.

In both cases, we find the symbols of the three main monotheistic religions:

- Typically Muslim perforated and arabesque rosettes;

- The two Jewish stars of David;

- The central Agnus Dei, symbol of Christianity.

The rose window also recalls the earthly paradise, another Christian symbol, as if to mean a garden of peaceful coexistence between the three different religions.


Maria SS. Annunziata Sanctuary  Via Conte Agostino Pepoli

The Sanctuary of Maria SS. Annunziata represents the most important historical-artistic nucleus located outside the walls of the ancient city. The fulcrum of worship revolves is the marble statue of the Virgin Mary with the Child (attributed to Nino Pisano), around whose chapel was erected the Sanctuary, in Gothic style, flanked by a majestic baroque bell tower. Several chapels are developed in the church. The Chapel of the Virgin Mary is the core of the Sanctuary, in Baroque style, and sideways there are the Chapel of the Sailors and the Chapel of St. Albert, patron saint of the city.