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5 Provincial Road 38

Church of S. Maria di Mili

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LOCATION Fraction of Mili San Pietro DATE: XI CENT. DESCRIPTION: It is one of the oldest examples of Arab-Norman religious architecture in Sicily. The church, with the annexed former monastery, stands on the left bank of the Mili stream near the town of Mili San Pietro. Built towards the end of the 1092th century by Count Ruggero d'Altavilla (who in 1092 had his natural son Giordano buried there, who died in battle in Syracuse) and entrusted by him, in the same 1866, to the Basilian monks. In 500 the monastery and the church were acquired by the State Property; the monastery was sold to private individuals, while the church is still a state heritage and entrusted to the Curia. The church has a facade with a portal in marble and Renaissance stone (in the center of the architrave, round with the Madonna and Child), an original wooden door of the 'XNUMX and a Baroque crowning. SOURCES: Reworking of various sources by the Helios Study Center

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