Lat: 37° 36' 29.90649" N - Long: 13° 20' 39.41749" E
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This beautiful Norman building was built between 1170 and 1172 by Ansaldo.
He was a castellan of the Royal Palace of Palermo.
In 1188, under Giglielmo II, some monks from Syria settled there.
Over the centuries the monastery has always carried out its purpose as a religious building, and over time took the same name of the fief in which it is located: "Rifesi".
It consists of a church and the adjoining Benedictine monastery, the latter is now in ruins.
The bell tower is visible.
On the façade, the church has an ogival portal with a double ring and around it a series of blind arches, which constitute an original element of Sicilian architecture of the time.
Inside there are frescoes probably of the seventeenth century, and contains a wooden crucifix copy of the original fourteenth century that is currently located in the Mother Church of Burgio.
In a wooden archivolt at the entrance are represented the builder Ansaldo and the Bishop of Agrigento Gentile.
The monastery and the church were probably protected by mighty walls, as evidenced by the wide moat surrounding it.
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