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The Basilica of Maria Santissima Annunziata: photo, description Basilica-Santuario di Maria Santissima Annunziata)

The Basilica of Maria Santissima Annunziata - the old Church of Trapani and one of the main attractions of the city, located in the historical center. It is dedicated to the blessed virgin Mary of MT.

The first small Church built on this site in 1250, was called Santa Maria del Parto and belonged to the order of monks of the Carmelite fathers. Then was built another, large-sized Church, which was enlarged in the 18th century.

Today this Church has priceless marble statue of the Madonna and child known as the Madonna di Trapani, the creation of which is credited to one of the greatest Italian sculptors of the 14th century, and Nino Pisano. The statue is revered in all Mediterranean countries, while the Basilica is now one of the most famous in Western Sicily.

Inside the Church is a chapel erected in 1586, where you can see the silver statue of St. Alberto degli Abati, created by the master Vincenzo Bonaiuto, and the ark with the relics of the Saint, in particular it holds his skull. Nearby is a small cell in which he lived, Alberto degli Abati, and where lie the remains of blessed Luigi Discount. And under the main altar of the Basilica lie the remains of the Roman Martyr St. Clement.

The Central nave of the Church with sixteen columns and silver moldings was transformed in 1742 by local architect Giovanni Biagio Amico in the Baroque style of Renaissance. Above the main entrance rises a round-window.

Near the Basilica is the monastery of Carmelites - the order, which was once one of the largest in all of Italy, is a monastery courtyard. Today the monastery is a Museum Agostino Pepoli. A little farther on is the garden of the Villa Pepoli, turned into a city Park.

Every year from 1 to August 16 in Trapani is a religious festival in honor of the Madonna and child, which attracts thousands of pilgrims and which culminates in a procession with the removal of the Basilica exact copy of the famous statue.