Convento dei Frati Cappuccini, Francavilla di Sicilia, Sicily, Italy
Francavilla di Sicilia - Convento dei Frati Cappuccini. The convent dates back to the 16 century, 1570 to be exact. lt was built by order of Viscount Antonio Balsamo who financed its construction. Later on it was restructured and enriched thanks to the generosity of the Ruffo family.
The convent has retained its origina! architecture with windows in the cells stoke - hole shaped, according to the specification of the most ancient capuchin constructions.
The door and window jambs are in sandstone. Many friars lived in the convent in the l7th century, so a second floor was built. On a wall of the staircase there is a fresco by Friar Feliciano Guarcena from Messina (1610-1663) “the Guardian Angel”. Friar Feliciano was called “the Raphael of the Capuchins” because he imitated so superbly the art of the great Italian painter.
From the convent there are great views of Motta Camastra, the nearby town, where many scenes of the first Godfather movie were shot, the Alcantara Valley and the sea of Giardini - Naxos.
Just around the territory of the convent, June 20, 1719 the Spanish and Austrian armies fought the greatest battle of contemporary Sicily. The deaths of the two armies were more than 15.000. A museum of the Franciscan testimony is open on the ground floor.
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