Church of Santa Chiara
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In front of Pollicarini Palace at Piazza Colajanni, you can visit the Church of Santa Chiara, built between 1614 and 1616 by the nobleman Francesco Rotundo as headquarters of the College of the Society of Jesus. After the expulsion of the Jesuits from Sicily, in 1779 it was granted to the Clarisse nuns, who named it after the saint from Assisi and embellished according to the needs of their Order with curved balusters on the windows and the choir.
To reach the church, you go up a monumental staircase that gives the building a solemn look. The 18th century façade has two orders and incorporates the belfry.
The interior has a nave with a barrel ceiling with transept and polygonal apses and a precious majolica floor dating back to 1850. The middle two mosaics of which represent a particularly striking view of the city of Santa Sophia and the triumph over Islam, the other displays the invention of the steamboat. After the end of the Second World War the church was entrusted to the Rectors of the cathedral and was used as a War Memorial. The side chapels have been adapted to accommodate niches for soldiers fallen in the war.

 

 

Piazza Colajanni, 94100 Enna (EN)
Open from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm

 

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! In front of Pollicarini Palace at Piazza Colajanni, you can visit the Church of Santa Chiara, built between 1614 and 1616 by the nobleman Francesco Rotundo as headquarters of the College of the Society of Jesus. After the expulsion of the Jesuits from Sicily, in 1779 it was granted to the Clarisse nuns, who named it after the saint from Assisi and embellished according to the needs of their Order with curved balusters on the windows and the choir. To reach the church, you go up a monumental staircase that gives the building a solemn look. The 18th century façade has two orders and incorporates the belfry. The interior has a nave with a barrel ceiling with transept and polygonal apses and a precious majolica floor dating back to 1850. The middle two mosaics of which represent a particularly striking view of the city of Santa Sophia and the triumph over Islam, the other displays the invention of the steamboat. After the end of the Second World War the church was entrusted to the Rectors of the cathedral and was used as a War Memorial. The side chapels have been adapted to accommodate niches for soldiers fallen in the war.     Piazza Colajanni, 94100 Enna (EN) Open from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm    

 

 

 


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