Church and convent of San Pietro
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Not far from the bus station, in Viale Generale Cascino, we find this fascinating church, a typical example of Renaissance architecture. The Church of San Pietro, at the time of its construction, was located outside the walls of Piazza Armerina and depended on the Grand Prior of Sant’Andrea. The current building is the result of the work of expansion of the Franciscan friars to which, in the early 1500s, the church was given. They also built the convent that still can be seen next to the church. The simplicity of the exterior contrasts with the refined decorative and architectural elements that we can find inside it. Once inside the church we can observe the magnificent wooden ceiling perfectly preserved and chapels noble, in particular the Trigona family’s Chapel that presents very valuable carvings. Another detail to watch carefully is the great arch placed between the nave and the chancel which is embellished with exquisite carvings and reliefs.  Admire also the altar inlaid and the fresco of the “Vergine con Bambino”. Unfortunately it has been lost on the ancient paving made with the famous ceramics of Caltagirone. The adjoining convent (now closed pending renovation), once inhabited by the Friars Minor of Santa Maria de Jesus, preserves a small sixteenth century cloister with round arches resting on squat polystyle.

 

 

Viale Generale Ciancio, 1, 94015 Piazza Armerina (EN)
Tel: 0935 680517
Open in the afternoon

 

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! Not far from the bus station, in Viale Generale Cascino, we find this fascinating church, a typical example of Renaissance architecture. The Church of San Pietro, at the time of its construction, was located outside the walls of Piazza Armerina and depended on the Grand Prior of Sant’Andrea. The current building is the result of the work of expansion of the Franciscan friars to which, in the early 1500s, the church was given. They also built the convent that still can be seen next to the church. The simplicity of the exterior contrasts with the refined decorative and architectural elements that we can find inside it. Once inside the church we can observe the magnificent wooden ceiling perfectly preserved and chapels noble, in particular the Trigona family’s Chapel that presents very valuable carvings. Another detail to watch carefully is the great arch placed between the nave and the chancel which is embellished with exquisite carvings and reliefs.  Admire also the altar inlaid and the fresco of the “Vergine con Bambino”. Unfortunately it has been lost on the ancient paving made with the famous ceramics of Caltagirone. The adjoining convent (now closed pending renovation), once inhabited by the Friars Minor of Santa Maria de Jesus, preserves a small sixteenth century cloister with round arches resting on squat polystyle.     Viale Generale Ciancio, 1, 94015 Piazza Armerina (EN) Tel: 0935 680517 Open in the afternoon    

 

 


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