Santa Maria della Catena, Palermo

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Church of Saint Mary of the Chain
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Catena (in Italian)
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The Catalan Gothic porch
AffiliationRoman Catholic
ProvinceArchdiocese of Palermo
RiteRoman Rite
LocationPalermo, Italy
Geographic coordinates38°07′09.15″N 13°22′10.51″E / 38.1192083°N 13.3695861°E / 38.1192083; 13.3695861Coordinates: 38°07′09.15″N 13°22′10.51″E / 38.1192083°N 13.3695861°E / 38.1192083; 13.3695861
StyleCatalan Gothic

Santa Maria della Catena is a church in Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

The church was built in 1490-1520, designed by Matteo Carnilivari. The name derives from the presence, on one of the walls, of a chain (Italian: catena) which closed the Cala port.

The work mixes late Renaissance style and Gothic-Catalan style, the latter especially visible in the three-part arcaded loggia located at the top of a staircase (added in 1845). The interior is also late Gothic, and includes a canvas of Nativity with Adoration of the Shepherds (17th century) by an unknown master, and 16th-century bas-reliefs attributed to Vincenzo and Antonello Gagini, who also sculpted the capitals of the columns and the entrance portals.

Annexed to the church is a 1602 convent house, which, starting from 1844, has been the seat of the State Archive.


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