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
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
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.
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
Damiano, to San Domenico (work by Carlo Laccati)
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