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Lat: 37° 52' 37.84070" N - Long: 14° 56' 36.84954" E
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The church of St Martino in Randazzo has thirteenth-century origin, but has undergone considerable changes throughout its history that altered its original layout.
Initially it had a nave; two others were added in the 13th century, and a fourth was later added.
The facade is by the XIII century; it was rebuilt in the XV century with very precious bas-reliefs.
The superb bell tower in Arab-Norman-Swabian style is considered the most beautiful in Sicily, and is preserved in good condition.
It has three rows of mullioned windows with beautiful pointed arches, and three-light windows on the third floor.
The chromatic effect obtained using limestone and the lava stone is fascinating.
Also from the Norman period are the two arches of the side doors in black stone, with magnificent ornaments.
The 1943 Anglo-American bombing caused enormous damage to the church; only the bell tower and the façade remained; the columns and arches remained inside; the paintings and precious tables inside it were lost, except for the Resurrection of Lazarus and the painting of the Piety.
The dome and the chapel of the Holy Crucifix also fell and the organ and the wooden choir were also destroyed.
The church also lost its fourth nave, and now it is bare, except for some surviving works which are however of very fine workmanship; expecially a beautiful red marble baptismal font stands out with octagonal pillars and ogival arches with leafy capitals, made by Angelo Riccio in 1447, a small medieval jewel.
There is also a holy water stoup and a marble ciborium, both from the 14th century, the statue of the Madonna delle Grazie, from 1535, attributed to Vincenzo Gagini, the statue of the Madonna della Misericordia by Gagini school, a 15th century picture depicting the Piety.
What happened in Sicily: 23 September
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