Chiesa Madre

Interesting
The fortified church dedicated to the Vergine Assunta was built in the 14C at the foot of a watchtower that would later become its bell tower. The pronaos, added a century later, accentuated the sanctuary's majesty and Gothic identity. Unfortunately, it hides the delicate rose window on the façade; it is only visible from the first storey of the neighbouring Torre di Re Federico. The interior of the church was extensively restored in the 19C. The altar is decorated with a fine Renaissance-style marble reredos.

Useful information

Address:

Via Rabata, 91016 Erice

Phone:

+39 0923 869123

Price:

2 €

Opening hours

Jul and Sep 10am-7pm; Aug 10am-8pm; Apr-May., Jun and Oct 10am-6pm; Mar: 10am-4pm; Nov: 10am-1pm; Jan-Feb: 10am-12.30pm

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Off the beaten track in Sicily: the taste of its savours, the smell of its history

Most tour operators bring tourists to Cefalù, Taormina, Syracuse, or to the foot of Mount Etna. However far from the conventional routes lies the north-west of Sicily, a fascinating region with a rich culinary tradition. Mazara del Vallo, Erice and the historic city of Marsala, famous for its wine, are the main stopovers on this still little known gastronomic route.
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