A treasure trove of mysteries
Near the port, in the heart of Trapani, the Church of the Holy Souls of Purgatory is among the most iconic sacred sites in Sicily. It is known for housing the 20 sculptural groups that feature in the Procession of the Mysteries of Trapani during Holy Week. These are life-size statues depicting scenes from the passion and death of Christ.
In the church, Baroque architecture and neoclassicist design combine to create a truly impressive masterpiece. The church was built from 1688 onwards, designed by architect Don Pietro Lo Castro, while the façade, dating from 1712, is the work of Trapani-born architect Giovanni Biagio Amico: divided into two orders, it is adorned with stuccoed stones depicting the twelve Apostles and Jesus. Inside, the church is small but charming: the floor plan takes the shape of a Latin cross divided into three naves that house chapels and are separated by columns and arches.
It is a true testament to Sicilian tradition and a must-visit destination when visiting the beautiful Trapani.