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Church of Ecce Homo (Alcamo)

Church of Ecce Homo
Chiesa dell'Ecce Homo (Alcamo).jpg
The façade
Basic information
Location Alcamo, province of Trapani, Italy
Rite Catholic
Municipality Alcamo
Territory Alcamo
State Italy
Province Trapani
Region Sicily
Year consecrated 1754
Patron Ecce Homo
Groundbreaking 1753

The Church of Ecce Homo was a catholic Church in Alcamo, in the province of Trapani.

The present Church was built in 1753 on the same spot where there was a chapel, called the Crocifissello (that is the small Crucifix) close to the western town walls; in fact, as it was very little, the members of the Congregation asked the municipality of that time, the authorization to have the chapel’s courtyard in order to build a wider Church there.

The construction started in 1753 and was completed the following year; the building was closed to service because of the 1968 Belice earthquake. After a lot of years, in 1986, the Monuments and Fine Arts Department of Trapani decided a first restoration work including the consolidation of the Church, the vault and the roof.

Later, in 1992 the Department disposed the completing of the works, and they repaired the stuccoes, replaced the frames, adapted the systems, made the gildings and painted the Church.

Today the Church of the Most Holy Ecce Homo is no longer a temple left to itself, on the contrary, it is a monument rescued from decay, and it has recently been used as an auditorium and as a meeting place for cultural events.

The church has a simple portal, surmounted by a niche where you can see a marble alto-rilievo panel representing Ecce Homo.

There is one circular nave, similar to that one in the Saints Cosma and Damiano's Church, with beautiful Settecento stucco decorations on the vault; it has an emispheric shape, with four webs surmounting the windows ending on masonry pillars.

Inside the webs there are represented the profecy of the Passion, the Flagellation, the Calvary and the Risen’s Cross:; in the middle of the vault there are the Holy Ghost, as a dove, and the Holy Bible.

  • Ecce Homo, a wooden statue on the high altar
  • A wooden Crucifix, on the left altar
  • Organ with its choir, settled above the entrance opposite the high altar.
  • To promote the greater glory of God the Father and of the Holy Church, the sinners’ conversion and the end of blasfemies.
  • To devote oneself to spiriritual works and to the Most Holy Ecce Homo
  • To take action for the reform of one’s habits, by giving other people the good example of Christian life and maintaining the spirit of charity towards everybody, because this is the bond which connects us to God.
  • Carlo Cataldo: Guida storico-artistica dei beni culturali di Alcamo-Calatafimi-Castellammare Golfo p. 62; ed.Sarograf, Alcamo,1982
  • Carlo Cataldo: La conchiglia di S.Giacomo p. 89-90; ed. Campo,Alcamo, 2001


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