Church of the Annunziata (Cefalù)

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The Church of the Annunziata in Cefalù is a small 16th-century building located on Corso Ruggero. After a long restoration, today the space is no longer used to celebrate masses but as an auditorium.

The history of the Church of the Annunziata in Cefalù

The construction of the Church of the Annunziata in Cefalù probably dates back to the 16th century. Here St. Roch was venerated who, according to tradition, was said to have stopped a plague epidemic in 1530. In a side altar of the church was a wooden statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, now kept in the Church of San Francesco. Even today this statue, along with that of the Dead Christ, is carried in procession through the streets of Cefalù on Good Friday evening. The building was closed for many, many years due to a long period of restoration. In 1964, in fact, the adjacent building collapsed causing several damages to the church itself as well. Today the Corte delle Stelle multipurpose center has been built in place of that building. After the restoration work was completed, the Church of the Annunziata has been turned into an Auditorium today.

Architecture and artwork of the church

The facade of the Church of the Annunziata in Cefalù has very simple lines even with a rose window in the center. It is enriched by a stone portal whose lintel is adorned with elegant molding, with a relief scene of the Annunciation. On the south side is the bell tower where an elegant double lancet window is also visible. It was part of the so-called Osterio Piccolo, one of the palaces owned by the Ventimiglia family, along with the nearby Osterio Magno. The interior of the church has a single nave that ends in a wide apse. A large crypt can be seen in the floor, where, according to tradition, the architect and sculptor Jacopo Del Duca was buried.

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