Cathedral of Enna
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In the heart of the city center, stands the solemn Cathedral of Enna, dedicated to Our Lady of the Visitation. It is among the major artistic expressions of the province, as well as, the entire region of Sicily; thanks to its size, valuable preserved works and its fascinating blend of styles. In addition to being a national monument, the church has enjoyed recognition from UNESCO since 2008, as a “Monumental Witness of Peace”. It is the place where secular celebrations are held during Holy Week in Enna and also the evocative celebrations of the patron saint Our Lady of the Visitation. It was built in 1307 by the order of Eleanor of Anjou on the ruins of the Temple of Persephone, of which the central arch of the temple remain. In 1446 it was partially destroyed and later rebuilt in the 16th century. Today it features commanding Corinthian columns, three nave, three apses, valuable paintings and chandeliers and a majestic facade with a bell tower that rises over the city.  The outside of the Cathedral of Enna appears as a large Latin cross plan church, with a facade that is accessed by a wide staircase, topped by the imposing bell tower with an enormous bell called, the bell “of 101 tons”. The Cathedral’s facade possesses a unique size and beauty. A long staircase leads you to the portico with three doors, encircled by six columns, and above the base two other levels of the bell tower take form: with two round windows, rich friezes, decorations, human faces, pilasters and Doric and Corinthian columns. On the south side, which looks onto the Piazza Mazzini, opens a 16th century doorway bearing a valuable marble bas-relief depicting the famous episode of San Martino sharing his cloak with the poor, in the tympanum. The interior of the Cathedral has three naves with black basalt columns, and also exhibits a vast richly carved, coffered wooden ceiling. In the right apse, in a niche behind the painting attributed to Filippo Paladino with the Visitation, the fifteenth century statue of Our Lady of the Visitation is hidden in the rich palanquin called “ship of gold”. On July 2nd of each year it is carried in the procession, in addition to works by Filippo Paladino, a pupil of Caravaggio. The interior of the cathedral offers paintings to eyes of the faithful and visitors by the Neapolitan painter Giovanni Piccinelli and the famous Flemish painter Guglielmo Borremans.

 

 

P.zza Duomo – 94100 Enna
Phone: 0935/500940
Open every day from 9.30 am to 1. 00 pm and from 3.30 pm to 8.00 pm

 

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! In the heart of the city center, stands the solemn Cathedral of Enna, dedicated to Our Lady of the Visitation. It is among the major artistic expressions of the province, as well as, the entire region of Sicily; thanks to its size, valuable preserved works and its fascinating blend of styles. In addition to being a national monument, the church has enjoyed recognition from UNESCO since 2008, as a “Monumental Witness of Peace”. It is the place where secular celebrations are held during Holy Week in Enna and also the evocative celebrations of the patron saint Our Lady of the Visitation. It was built in 1307 by the order of Eleanor of Anjou on the ruins of the Temple of Persephone, of which the central arch of the temple remain. In 1446 it was partially destroyed and later rebuilt in the 16th century. Today it features commanding Corinthian columns, three nave, three apses, valuable paintings and chandeliers and a majestic facade with a bell tower that rises over the city.  The outside of the Cathedral of Enna appears as a large Latin cross plan church, with a facade that is accessed by a wide staircase, topped by the imposing bell tower with an enormous bell called, the bell “of 101 tons”. The Cathedral’s facade possesses a unique size and beauty. A long staircase leads you to the portico with three doors, encircled by six columns, and above the base two other levels of the bell tower take form: with two round windows, rich friezes, decorations, human faces, pilasters and Doric and Corinthian columns. On the south side, which looks onto the Piazza Mazzini, opens a 16th century doorway bearing a valuable marble bas-relief depicting the famous episode of San Martino sharing his cloak with the poor, in the tympanum. The interior of the Cathedral has three naves with black basalt columns, and also exhibits a vast richly carved, coffered wooden ceiling. In the right apse, in a niche behind the painting attributed to Filippo Paladino with the Visitation, the fifteenth century statue of Our Lady of the Visitation is hidden in the rich palanquin called “ship of gold”. On July 2nd of each year it is carried in the procession, in addition to works by Filippo Paladino, a pupil of Caravaggio. The interior of the cathedral offers paintings to eyes of the faithful and visitors by the Neapolitan painter Giovanni Piccinelli and the famous Flemish painter Guglielmo Borremans.     P.zza Duomo – 94100 Enna Phone: 0935/500940 Open every day from 9.30 am to 1. 00 pm and from 3.30 pm to 8.00 pm    

 

 

 


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