Si Trova: a Palma di Montechiaro
Lat: 37° 11' 29.46920" N - Long: 13° 45' 41.50557" E
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Built between 1653 and 1659, the Palma di Montechiaro one is one of the few secluded monasteries in Sicily whose access is barred almost to anyone.
It was inaugurated on 12 June 1659; its structures included the first ducal palace.
At the entrance you arrive via a circular staircase.
At the top of the scale you can buy the famous "almond" sweets mentioned by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa in the novel "Il Gattopardo"; the sweets are passed, according to a centuries-old tradition, through a revolving round with a small door, which is the same that in past times was used to leave the children found, a sure source of special emotions.
The monastery preserves the historical memory of the Tomasi, as well as that of the entire country.
It has a simple exterior, the windows are without decorations.
On the inner courtyard the windows are decorated in Baroque style.
Inside there's a garden in which a sculpture of the Madonna with Saint Benedict is placed.
In addition to many valuable works, the monastery houses the body of the venerable Sr Maria Crocifissa of the Conception, which in the novel "Il Gattopardo" is called "Beata Corbera".
She was called Isabella Tomasi, and here he had mystical experiences.
She left some writings, including a mysterious and indecipherable "letter of the devil".
Public access to the monastery is only permitted on rare occasions.
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