Church of San Francesco all’Immacolata

City of Messina

Church of San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata is a charming and majestic church in Messina. 

The Church of San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata is an important church in Messina. The noblemen of Messina are the ones who pushed to have this church built as they wanted to honour Saint Francesco of Assisi. The initial franciscan convent on this island had been founded in 1212 on a different site, but it was moved to the current location in 1954 when three aristocratic women donated the land to the franciscan church. Soon it became the royal chapel and the temple became home to the tombs of Federico III d’Aragona, of his mother Elisabetta, and other important people from Messina.

The initial Church of San Francesco all’Immacolata had a sicilian-gothic-norman style but it was then disfigured from the Secenisti who exaggerated with the colours but in exchanged added some great artwork from famous artists. The baroque structures and other precious objects were burnt down in 1884 from a fire but were soon restored to its initial glory. Unfortunately the earthquake of 1908 also added to the damage and yet again the church needed a new restoration. Some of the elements from the original church were used for the restoration and can still be found on the site today.

Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 142 Messina

Opening Times: The hours to visit this church are variable. The doors are open between 5.30 & 19.00 but there are masses at different times.

Admission Fee: Free

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