Chiesa Madre di Marsala
Chiesa Madre di Marsala
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Peter C
Island of Malta, Malta2,545 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Marsala Cathedral is known as Chiesa Madre or Duomo di San Tommaso di Canterbury and is the largest church in Marsala. Externally, the Baroque facade towers over Piazza della Repubblica. Internally, one can admire the Norman style high altar and many beautifully decorated side chapels. Well worth a visit.
Written July 24, 2021
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born2travelit
Cesena, Italy17,066 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
majestic cathedral located in the heart of the beautiful Marsala. wonderful the inner part, we have attended at an unforgettable wedding here
Written September 30, 2015
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,836 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
The thumbnail picture for Chiesa Madre di Marsala at the top of this entry is wrong as that is the front of the Church of Maria Addolorata/Sanctuary of Our Lady Of Sorrows/Church of our Lady of Lightening located beside the Porta Garibaldi in Marsala. There was an interesting story behind the reason for building that church as you can see by the many different names it acquired over time. Apparently in the late 1600's, a boy on his horse sought shelter by the gate. The horse got hit by lightening and died, but the boy who was saying a prayer to a statue of Mary in the niche of the wall lived. In honor of this miracle, a church was built. The exterior of the Maria Addolorata Church displayed ornate Baroque decor details especially on the upper storey above the door. Here fruits, scrolls, hearts, and oak leaves decorated the 3 niches. Above the middle niche was an inscription from Psalm 37:3. The 2 small niches each had a small bronze bell, reminiscent of those found on early Christian churches. The one entry to the church was outlined with white marble columns on either side of the door. Above the door was a white marble carving of a broken/pierced heart. I had just time to take a quick peak through the open door to take a photo of the altar area. Here, a carved wooden statue of Mary was prominently on display on a pedestal and surrounded with many tall candles. Apparently, every Good Friday she gets included in a parade up and down the streets of Marsala.

The aim of our tour group was to get to the Piazza della Repubblica. There, the Chiesa Madre di Marsala was a photo stop due to a service being held on that Sunday morning when we visited. The exterior facade of Chiesa Madre di Marsala did not impress me as much as that of the Church of Purgatory. The designs of these 2 churches appeared to be similar with 3 doors, 2 bell towers and a middle upper storey, but the decor on the Mother Church was minimal in comparison. It did, however, have more religious statues than the Purgatory Church with 4 standing at attention beside the middle section above the main door. Two white cupids at the middle of the roof pointed to the large cross on the roof. Probably the restrained decor on the Mother Church appeals to those who dislike Baroque design, but I did like all of the lovely carved stone work on the Purgatory Church.
Written July 24, 2015
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michidutza
Bucharest, Romania20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Marsala cathedral dedicated to Saint Tomasso situated in Piazza della Republica almost 400 years old!!!.I had the privilege to admire while I was attending some festivals in centro storico di Marsala.
Written September 9, 2022
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rosannaj870
Los Angeles, CA252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Beautiful church in a cute town with a real Sicilian feel to it. All of the older people here in town know each other and it’s just so nice to come to this church and get away from reality!
Written August 4, 2018
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Lasagna37
London, UK193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
A Beautiful church set in the centre of the town square, you can't help looking at the exterior of this ancient 17th century landmarks as it has a presence that towers over the square. Inside the church you will find coolness from the hot day, the paintings and alter are also typical of 17th century style churches, however you will notice the grander of the church, as you will notice the baroque style that dominates the architecture.If you can catch a service on Sunday morning, you will get a chance to see how the locals congregate and have a sense of community.
Written September 9, 2017
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Hols1988
Hamilton, NJ55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Family
This church is beautiful and has a lot of characteristics to it. We stopped in one Thursday morning after the morning prayers the parishioners and the priest were very friendly and glad to see new people coming the church to see it especially the 5year old girl that was with us.
The church has plaques on the wall in both Italian and English so you can read about the scenes and architecture of the building. They also have a brochure in English that's tells you everything you need to know about the building.
Another helpful tip is that is church is in the middle of the down town area of Marsala so you need to park and walk to it. Don't worry there's plenty to see along your walk and plenty of cafes to stop in.
Written March 31, 2017
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Rasputin21
Ashburton, Australia2,216 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Yes, the thumbnail picture is incorrect, and Tripadvisor has not corrected the error.
The Chiesa Madre de Marsala is located in the Piazza della Repubblica. It is dedicated to Sant Thomas of Canterbury who is the patron saint of Marsala. Built in Norman times, it is reasonably stark inside without the wonderful decoration that makes up the small church near Porta Garibaldi. The three doors to the church have been replaced by modern ones but these too have been destroyed by graffiti. The church is lit up at night and adds to the atmosphere that is created in the Piazza - the scene for the passeggiata.
Written April 9, 2016
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Pietro
New York City, NY19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Very nice Church in the center of an interesting town like Marsala a little gem on the coast of Sicily.
Written November 8, 2015
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jaimeelsabio
Maryland4,321 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Another nice church, but nothing spectacular. Like the other churches we visited in Sicily, the interior is very plain with the exception of the alter.
Written October 11, 2018
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