Capuchin Convent and Church of Santa Maria della Bagnara



The Capuchin convent of Castronovo was built in 1610: the first Capuchin convent of Sicily, built in 1533, was also located in the open countryside of Castronovo. The convent is dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari and the small church to Saint Mary at Bagnara. The church has a single nave, with a longitudinal shape and straight apse. The church contains a wooden tabernacle on three levels; each level is decorated with inlays and carvings with floral motifs and twisted columns. The tabernacle dates back to the 17th century and is attributed to the Friars Agostino Li Volsi and Vincenzo Coppola da Trapani. The statue of the Madonna della Bagnara (Our Lady of Bagnara), inside the church, is said to date back to 1117, and has been worshipped since Norman times.

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