We came in one of the most charming places of the Strada Mastra and one of the most beautiful churches of Salemi.
The monastery, founded by General Falciglia, dates back to 1400, while the church was built around the 1250. In ancient times near the church stood one of the city gates: Porta Aquila (eagle door). Today inside the church you will find a valuable collection of silverware and religious vestments from various salemi’s churches.
At the main altar there is a large space dedicated to a choir and at the center of it, a wooden altar with underneath the Martyr’s urn of San Vincenza. The church has three large burial crypts for religious and illustrious inhabitants.
Going down the street to your right you will arrive at the convent, with it’s Cloister not to be missed. Further downhill, you enter the Arab quarter of Rabato (not included in this tour).
The monastery complex is now home to some Town offices.
On entering you will notice at the cloister center what looks like a pit. It is nothing other than a tank for rainwater. To your left you enter the church’s crypt.
Often during major events, by the cloister, banquets are prepared with tastings of local products and little shows.
The next stop on our tour is Piazza Dittatura.