The St Sebastiano Church is a fascinating 16th century place of worship which is located in the centre of Caltanissetta close to the Cathedral of Santa Maria La Nova.
The St Sebastiano Church is located in Piazza Garibaldi, the heart of the historic centre of Caltanissetta. In this square not only do you have the view of this lovely church but turning around you will find the Cathedral of Santa Maria La Nova and in the middle of the square the famous Fontana del Tritone fountain. This square is also important as it is where the two main roads of Caltanissetta meet, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Corso Umberto I. On the weekend cars are not allowed in this whole to allow the locals –also known as Nisseni- to stroll around the streets on a leisurely pace.
The Nisseni decided to build the Church of San Sebastiano in the 16th century after the healing of the city from the plague. Saint Sebastian was known to be the Saint who healed people from infectious diseases therefore the locals believed it was him who miraculously saved them.
The church was resized and restored several times from the original Church built in 1500s. In the early 1700s it was made longer and in 1800s the current façade was added. This façade was designed by Pasquale Saetta in an eclectic style. It was decorated with columns from all of the three classic styles –Doric, Ionic and Corinthian and had statues on two levels by the sculpture Biancardi – Saint Peter and S. Paul on the lover level and on a higher rise San Sebastiano who was hit by arrows as a martyr. Inside you will find plain neoclassic paintings, a wooden statue of San Sebastian by Stefano Li Volsi and a canvas of the Madonna degli agonizzanti by Tommaso Pallace.
Admission Fee: free
Address: Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 93100 Caltanissetta
Phone Number: 0039 0934581698