On Piazza San Francesco d’Assisi, you will find the Basilica della Beata Maria Vergine Immacolata, which dates from before 1295. This is one of the largest churches in the city, and is definitely worth a visit. Badly damaged by bombings in World War II, the church has since been renovated, and has now been restored to its former beauty. The statue in the niche, in the center of the upper section of the facade, is of San Francesco d’Assisi.
During the day, the piazza in front of the basilica is a quiet, tranquil spot, where you can grab a snack or a coffee, without worrying about traffic or crowds. At night, as we saw later, it changes completely, filling up with locals out for the evening.
The Chiesa di San Lorenzo, also known as the Chiesa del Purgatorio, can be found on Piazza Purgatorio. The church dates from the second half of the 18th century. The two figures, at the sides of the entrance portal, represent Faith and Charity. Two statues of saints adorn the upper section of the facade. There is also a medallion depicting the Virgin surrounded by angels. The inside of the church is decorated with ornate stucco work. The church, now deconsecrated, is home to exhibitions and events. While we were there, an exhibition was taking place, centered around historical means of communication, including old radios and phonographs. Admission is free, so if you happen to be in Agrigento, and see the church open, do yourself a favor, and go inside!
Next up: We finish up our first day in Agrigento with more sightseeing, as well as a night out on the town, Sicilian style!
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