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Cammarata -San Giovanni Gemini

Your next destination in Sicily in the Sicani mountains

A mountain of excellence

The Madonna del Carmelo church is  open to the public, Largo nazareno 1 is located. Parking nearby.

Masses: weekdays: 6.30 pm
Sunday: 10.00 - 18.30 - 20.00

Rettoria parish priest reference: Mons. Lucio Li Gregni

To Madonna du Carminu

The image that a community has of itself comes from a long process of sedimentation of faith, art and popular traditions; often these factors are so integrated with each other that they cannot be separated, to the point that one complements the other.
San Giovanni Gemini and the devotion to the Madonna del Carmelo that has influenced history for five hundred years is just one example. This devotion begins with the birth of the town when at the behest of Countess Margherita Abatellis the Carmelite fathers from the church of San Biagio in Cammarata moved to San Giovanni Gemini where they were hosted by the brothers of the Confraternity of San Giovanni Battista, who sold their church and they built an adjoining oratory, the current San Giuvannuzzu.
Friars of holy life flourished in the convent, including fra Paolo da Cammarata, fra Filippo da Cammarata, p. Santo da Sutera and for the work of these the factory was enriched with a cloister with twenty-four columns of white stone and a garden now owned by the Alessi.
Since then, the history of the Madonna del Carmelo has thus been linked hand in hand with the alternating events of the Sangiovannese community. The story of a devotion and a people that intertwine and become complementary, but also the story of a city that was built with the signs of faith around the Carmelite church, which it wanted to materialize in architecture, art, rites, in the symbols the link with Mary.
A devotion that challenges the times and still remains today rich in human and Christian values without having suffered the wear and tear of time.

Our Lady of Carmel St. John Gemini

Maria SS del Carmelo Church

San Giovanni Gemini

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The simulacrum

The Simulacrum of M. SS. of Carmel  On an artistic marble altar the simulacrum of Maria SS. of Carmel. By an unknown artist from the first half of the 16th century, in polychrome walnut wood, it responds to the typical iconography of the Carmelite order and represents the Madonna who with the left shows the Child on whom he slightly reclines his head without turning his head.  he looks and with his right hand he holds out the scapular. The Virgin, dressed in a high-waisted tunic tied by a belt according to Renaissance fashion, is almost entirely covered with a heavy cloak. This, with the elegant and sinuous drapery, barely suggests the position of the body. Much of the polychrome coating has survived unfortunate restorations. Both the robe and the cope are enriched with gilding in imitation of motifs embroidery  phytomorphic and geometric. A rich band closes the edges of the coat. The knee of the Madonna, worn out by innumerable hands, shows the popular devotion of which the image is the object.  A recurring iconography, therefore, in the sculptural production of a Marian subject that has been repeated for centuries and with few variations.  The richness of the details, the undulating folds of the mantle and dress are certainly attributable to the sculptural art of the early sixteenth century, strongly influenced by Spanish taste and culture, which enriched the simulacra with precious garments embroidered in gold, silver and silk.  A recent restoration has brought the work back to its original splendor after three centuries of arbitrary overlapping. The devotional decorations that permanently covered the simulacrum have been removed, allowing an immediate reading of the details.   Text:  Vincenzo Scrudato

The church of San Giovanni Battista (Sangiuvannuzzu)

The church of San Giovanni Battista, or San Giuvannuzzu, as it is commonly called, is the second in the country, chronologically. It was built in the second half of the 16th century when the members of the homonymous brotherhood ceded the primitive church of San Giovanni to the Carmelites who then enlarged it and dedicated it to the Madonna del carmine.

From about 1570 the church became the oratory of the brotherhood which honored the statue of the patron saint.

Inside there are paintings, a small statue of St. John the Baptist as a child and a wooden crucifix. The façade of the church has an elegant portal in carved stone, while on the pediment there is a bell gable.


Restored at the end of the eighties, the first headquarters of the pro loco and in 2016,  following a restructuring, the church has become the seat of the committee in honor of the celebrations of Jesus of Nazareth.

Cammarata living nativity scene

2 major events  among the most beautiful in Sicily.

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