Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Erice: The Church of San Martino

We discovered a few interesting things in the early 17th century church of San Martino, located in the hill top town of Erice..

It is also dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory.

Above is a poor soul from the pulpit and below are a couple more souls from the facade.

The church has a mesmerizing cupola of stucco and fresco.

In the center of the nave was an unusual harpsichord/pipe organ combo that was being set up for a concert.

In a side room there was a life-size 16th century wooden sculpture of St. Martin on horseback. Legend has it that St. Martin cut his own cloak in half to clothe a beggar he passed on the road.

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