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St Nicholas of Bari Church

  • Address
    Piaza dei Plebisciti, Capizzi, Italy
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  • What to see
    Paintings by Patricolo and Patania


The Mother Church dedicated to San Nicola di Bari in Capizzi, Sicily, has a rich history dating back to the Eastern Greeks, and its last renovation process, begun in 1769, was completed in 1835. With a splendid exterior, it features remarkable interior architecture with stone columns and ribs, adorned with stucco. The church houses a collection of paintings by Giovanni Patricolo and a work by Giuseppe Patania, while the statue of the titular saint is a creation of Quattrocchi. Of particular note is a 16th century organ, located in the apse and designed by Raffaele La Valle.

Recently, this church was added to the papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome by Pope Francis. This affiliation not only enhances the Capitine church, but also strengthens the bonds of spiritual communion with the Pope and the universal Church, consolidating its importance on the Way of St. James in Sicily.

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