Matrice Church, Erice

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  • The 14th century Church in Gothic style, but with typical characteristics of the architecture of the place, called "Chiaramonte" from the lively decoration. The porch and stairway were added later.  The belfry is older and was an ancient watchtower. After the Norman-Swabian domination, there was a war for succession among Angioini and Aragonesi, the famous war of the Vespers. Frederick III of Aragon lived in Erice and the victorious end of the war, thankfully, had built the Cathedral. The exterior only has original features whilst the Interior has a neo-Gothic reconstruction of 800. Has a Basilica plan with three naves divided by two rows of tall, elegant pillars in tufa, topped by ogival arches.  The white stucco ceiling with motifs that impart a lace effect. The main altar is the our Lady of the assumption among bas-reliefs of the Holy evangelists. The external portal in Catalan style, diamond rustication is surmounted by an unusual window. In the side chapels works by Gagini, Laurana, Mancini and others. Inside is also the treasure with a valuable collection of silverware.
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  • This is a nice place to see but not much different the other many similar churches all around. however it is one of the village attractions  more »
  • The town of Erice is a magnificent medieval village where history, culture, legends and much more. It is a town well preserved with its very narrow streets, some of them allow the passage of one person at a time, and a road surface very curious and unique. It's nice to walk and get lost in these pathways but even nicer to gather in front of the majestic Church with its magnificent Portal flanked by the Bell Tower, accessible by climbing 108 steps, which would seem more a defensive Tower considering its features. Inside the church there is just more of everything, frescoes, paintings, Tabernacles, coat of arms of King Frederick III of Aragon, a beautiful Silver Cross, marble statues, but the real icing on the cake is the ceiling of the Church, glancing you remain amazed and astonished in front of so much beauty, it seems that that ceiling has been embroidered like lace. How much skill and mastery that doesn't see you ever again. Remember to pay a small fee before entering.
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  • Medieval town , I love the creepy atmosphere it has at night
  • Awesome church! Moreover, we were very lucky to experience true Sicilian wedding there.
  • Architectural masterpiece. You should also visit the Bell Tower
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  • Awesome I recommend everyone to go visit this place
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