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Holy Mary of Graces

The rural little church of Holy Madonna of The Graces is located beyond the urban perimeter; set at the entry of the town (coming from Adrano) and stands on a strongly sloping ground, boxed in with respect to the provincial road.

Architecturally the church is very simple and compact.

It exists since the XVI° century, as it appears in the writings of the time that remember the pastoral visit of the Monreale bishop Monsignor Torres in 1574 (the "Liber visitationis").

The building has volumetric simple and unitary shape; with no architectural style of its own, but an octagonal typology, very unique in his kind in Bronte, gives her an interesting aspect.

At the entry a rectangular aedicule contains the image of the Madonna that stands over a big lava round arch portal.

The inside, also very simple, work by Nicolò Dinaro (Biancavilla, 1834 -- Bronte, 1908) has a roof turned to "umbrella" with frescos of 1896 representing the Marriage of the Virgin, the Annunciation and the birth of Jesus, work of  Nicolò Dinaro (Biancavilla, 1834 - Bronte, 1908).

"Here, within the squares arranged around the Eternal, leap the plentiful but quick ornamen­tation of white and gray circles that frame and animate somewhat, the scenes of the Virgin's life". (Vito Librando).

There are three altars dedicated to the saints Cosma and Damiano, to San Domenico (work by Carlo Laccati) and, the central one, to the Madonna delle Grazie (Holy Madonna of The Graces).

At the back, there are two small rooms, once sacristy, that now are used as storerooms.

Lately the little church, like many other chur­ches of Bronte, is in a state of nearly aban­don; is visited by believers only few times a year on the recurrence of the Madonna of the Graces and other Saints.

On the left an old photography of the little church of the Madonna Of The Graces.
The usual rural ruin has a shapeless scrap iron pile near the entry (it should be the bell tower) and some houses, down the valley, that for height and constructive technique, disfigure con­siderably the landscape. Behind the church, instead of the Si­me­to valley at­tractive view, there is a high modern building of doubtful taste.

And this has always been. Even the historian of Bronte Benedetto Radice wrote in the early decades of 1900: "On the day of the titular party, the clergy make the solitary church echo with songs and prayers".

Near the church there once existed a fountain (called the Madonna delle Grazie) which, wrote the Root, "quenched thousands of people, and that for some years has been diverted by private individuals for their own use" ("... some private individuals have broken the conduit and diverted the current and vandalically destroyed the watering hole ").

Translated by Sam Di Bella

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