The church of San Giovanni Battista

Churches

The construction of the main church of Sperlinga, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, was built between 1597 and 1610, thanks to the collaboration of the entire population of the country, who contributed by transporting the stones on the mules for its construction from the nearby town of Purriera. It was the prince of Sperlinga, Giovanni Forte Natoli, who promoted its construction, drawing on the taxation imposed on the inhabitants, to increase its prestige. Its simple and linear architecture incorporates a previous Swabian tower with a hexagonal plan that interrupted the walls of the medieval village. This tower currently constitutes the apse. The church consists of a single nave and houses inside a valuable eighteenth-century painting, by an unknown author, depicting the deposition of Christ. There is also a nineteenth-century bellows organ, made by a workshop of organ makers from Palermo. Finally, there is the statue of Santa Liberata, whose cult is very much felt among the inhabitants. The procession takes place in August. Many come to the village from the nearby town of Nicosia after walking barefoot along the road that connects the two centers. The church is the seat of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, whose origins date back to 1765.

The construction of the main church of Sperlinga, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, was built between 1597 and 1610, thanks to the collaboration of the entire population of the country, who contributed by transporting the stones on the mules for its construction from the nearby town of Purriera. It was the prince of Sperlinga, Giovanni Forte Natoli, who promoted its construction, drawing on the taxation imposed on the inhabitants, in order to increase its prestige. Its simple and linear architecture incorporates a previous Swabian tower with a hexagonal plan that interrupted the walls of the medieval village. This tower currently constitutes the apse. The church consists of a single nave and houses inside a valuable eighteenth-century painting, by an unknown author, depicting the deposition of Christ. There is also a nineteenth-century bellows organ, made by a workshop of organ makers from Palermo. Finally, there is the statue of Santa Liberata, whose cult is very much felt among the inhabitants. The procession takes place in August. Many come to the village from the nearby town of Nicosia after walking barefoot along the road that connects the two centers. The church is the seat of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, whose origins date back to 1765.

Historic Places

Discover the historic places of Sperlinga, where every corner tells compelling stories. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage, with each stone resonating with a timeless narrative.

The Castle

The Castle

The rock site of Sperlinga Castle reveals traces of an important place of worship dating back to the Bronze Age.

Municipality of Sperlinga

Via Salita Municipio 2 - 94010 Sperlinga (EN)
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