The Church of San Sebastiano
the first church dedicated to San Sebastiano in borgo di Palazzolo Acreide, in Sicily, was built toward the end of the XV century
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the first church dedicated to San Sebastiano was built, probably at the end of the XV century on the same site where already existed the church of s. Rocco, built from 1414. proved too small, due to the increasing urbanisation of the district, was rebuilt larger and always on the same area without neglecting the altar of San Rocco. In 1609, this second church, always with a single nave, was already in the factory and was finished in 1655.
It was destroyed by the disastrous earthquake of 1693 together with most of the Churches in the country. At the end of the same century it began the construction of a third church (today), always dedicated to the Saint bimartire and always more or less on the same site, but, this time, with basilican system. The phases of the building were complex and laborious. It was the architect siracusano Mario Diamond the inventor of the monumental facade (which underwent many changes by the Procurators of the church), as well as the initial executor assisted by the masters Milito Buscema, and others. The works were finished around 1782.
The statement of the church of S. Sebastiano high well 35 m is constituted by a cut stone iblea. Its monumentality ago by incomparable backdrop to the large square on which overlooks piazza del Popolo, and gives the correct alignment to the buildings of the left in Corso Vittorio Emanuele III "living room" of the city.
Winds on 3 overlapping orders and embellished by the membering structural and compositional of late Renaissance taste. The first order is characterized by a beautiful portal with the sides four twin columns of type arabescate corinthian in the inner part and with the base two stone lions white, sculpted by the same diamond. At the top, inside a niche allocated on the basis of the eardrum, stands out the simulacrum of the glorious bimartire. At the sides of the portal are the two small gates with columns and on the pediment surmounted by a red seabream. The second order is characterized at the center by other 4 double columns, with pediment of the same typology of the first order; among these is located the quadrant of a large electric clock that went to replace the mechanical clock mounted for the first time in 1885. Two large volutes close the sides of the second order. The Third Order, which shows the same pediment with twin columns, comprises the belfry loggia, dominated at the top by two bells; finally "u palieddu" weathercock to form of flag. The staircase, very scenic, was built in 1877. The year before it was built the Via San Sebastiano, connection axis between piazza del Popolo and Piazza Liberazione-Pretura.
The interior, with a longitudinal plan (m. 36 x 19.50), has three naves and the two chapels close the side ones.
Add to calendar 2020-06-29 2020-06-29 Europe/Rome Patronal Feast of St Paul The village becomes a destination for thousands of visitors from all over the world to assist the choreographic “sciuta” (output) of the Holy Hours 13, with the traditional launch of “nzareddi” and the deafening firing of thousands of mortaretti and the moving rite of presentation of the children who are hoisted naked on fercolo as a sign of devotion and offer. The festival ends late at night with the firing of colorful fireworks’artifice. Palazzolo Acreide
The village becomes a destination for thousands of visitors from all over the world to assist the choreographic “sciuta” (output) of the Holy Hours 13, with the traditional launch of “nzareddi”...
Add to calendar 2020-08-08 2020-08-17 Europe/Rome Feast of San Sebastiano In Palazzolo the great devotion to this Saint is very ancient as attested to the Chapel dedicated to him existing since the fifteenth century, at the Church of the Annunciation. The feast, set for the anniversary of January 20, the day of his martyrology, in Palazzolo is replicated on August 10, with the same great devotion, yes, but with a frame of public, spectacularity and exceptional folklore.
The summer festivities in honor of St. Sebastian last ten days, from 8 to 17 August. Palazzolo Acreide
In Palazzolo the great devotion to this Saint is very ancient as attested to the Chapel dedicated to him existing since the fifteenth century, at the Church of the Annunciation. The feast, set for the...
Add to calendar 2020-09-20 2020-09-20 Europe/Rome Feast of Maria SS. Addolorata With the same ritual output of fercolo exactly at 1 p.m. and the firing of mortaretti and the cascade of the” nzareddi”, the simulacrum is brought around the streets of the village from the devotees to bare shoulder and concludes late at night with the firing of Fuochi d’artifice. Palazzolo Acreide
With the same ritual output of fercolo exactly at 1 p.m. and the firing of mortaretti and the cascade of the” nzareddi”, the simulacrum is brought around the streets of the village from the devotees...
Add to calendar 2020-09-27 2020-09-27 Europe/Rome Feast of San Michele Arcangelo and Festival of young voices contest that involves children of different agesà that compete in performances. As regards the feast, in addition to the Liturgical Celebrations, 28 September is unveiled the simulacrum of the Saint on 28 September, amidst acclamation osannanti of devotees. The previous Saturday the feast passes through the streets of the country the “lap of Gala” with the procession of the banners, del Gonfalone and of flag-wavers. The morning of the feast, around 11, c’è the launch of the characteristics balloons made by boys in the committee. At 1 p.m. the spectacular “sciuta” of the simulacrum of the Saint under a rain of nzareddi "Multicolored" and Fuochi d’artifice. The simulacrum is brought “a bare shoulder” in procession through the streets of the neighborhood, and the procession attended also by women traveling barefoot. Between the propitiatory rites during the procession c’è the denudation of the children who are stripped and raised in front of the statue, entrustment to the protection of’archangel to preserve them from the evils. In the evening on the triumphal chariot the simulacrum is carried in procession for all tracks of the country. At the end the traditional fireworks outside the country. During the entire week is held on the solemn octave, with the “Meeting of choirs” that animate the eucharistic celebrations. Palazzolo Acreide
contest that involves children of different agesà that compete in performances. As regards the feast, in addition to the Liturgical Celebrations, 28 September is unveiled the simulacrum of the Saint on...
Add to calendar 2020-10-18 2020-10-18 Europe/Rome Agrimontana shows mico-naturalistic Akrense. Exhibition of’Handicrafts Qualityà, gastronomy, typical products, painting, herbs, Fiera dei dolci. During the event in the exhibition stand is carried out with the tasting of typical local products, in particular of fresh sausage and dried; beef and wild boar, lake fish and river, cheese, honey, cakes,’Oil d’olive cultivars “Tonda Iblea”. Flower to’eyelet of the event è the mycologic shows that every year is organized and curated by’Micolo Association Palazzolo Acreide
shows mico-naturalistic Akrense. Exhibition of’Handicrafts Qualityà, gastronomy, typical products, painting, herbs, Fiera dei dolci. During the event in the exhibition stand is carried out with the...