The Church of Collegio dei Gesuiti (Jesuit College) was founded in the late seventeenth century, and dedicated to San Ignazio of Loyola. After the earthquake of 1968 that made unusable the old Chiesa Madre (Mother Church, Matrice) , It assumed the role of the old Mother church. It’s facade with twisted columns is a typical example of Baroque.
Inside, there is a valuable eighteenth-century organ, at the main altar we find the crucifix that once stood in the old Matrice (Mother church). The church houses the statues of San Nicola and the one of the Immacolata Concezione which are carried in a catholic procession every years on the 6th and 8th of December.
Looking towards the front of the church facade, you can see the traffic wardens station and to the left the city library. Down the narrow street on the right you will arrive at the Museum of Ritual Bread, go there if you have not already done it. The street to the left leads into the long flight of steps leading towards Piazza Dittatura. Next to the church, upwards Via D’Aguirre, rises the Collegio dei Gesuiti (Jesuit College), founded in 1652 which now houses the Museums Palace.
Our next destination is the Bread Museum, staged in San Bartolomeo’s church.