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Our Lady of Grace

The church of Our Lady of Grace is located in the central Via Sassari. The façade is on the homonymous square. According to archival sources the church was built between 1640 and 1670 and was also restored in the eighteenth century. The facade with a classical tympanum bears an inscription on the foundation and renovation. The exterior consists of side buttresses on the facade with a central entrance facing the square with the same name. On the right side, towards via Sassari, there is a side entrance and the bell tower. In the back you can see a circular area relating to the sacristy with a fountain nearby.

The interior, with a barrel-vaulted nave, ends with a raised presbytery with a vault separated from the nave by two marble balustrades. Of some interest is the altar surmounted by a broken pediment supported by four columns, two of which twisted. At the centre there is a statue of the Virgin of the Rosary dating back to mid 17th century, with her solemn face and hands pointing forward, made in the 17th century according to models of Iberian origin with an interior wooden truss and carved parts of hands and face; it is adorned with robes and regalia decorated with floral motifs according to popular taste and sensibility. In 1915, the walls and vault were painted by prof. Spirito Lari with stories of the Virgin in large boxes and decorative cornices.

Even here you can see the wooden polychrome statues located in the side walls dating from the late 17th century and mid 18th century. In particular the statues of St. Priam, the Blessed Virgin of the Snows, St. Antioco and S. Lussorio. In the side chapel there is a wooden statue of the Virgin of Grace of small dimensions; it is considered the more archaic simulacrum with respect to the processional one located on the altar. On the left wall there is a statue of St. Isidore. The saint, patron of Madrid, according to hagiographic account was of humble rural origins; he is depicted in simple clothes with oxen and an angel.

Local memory recalls that up to the fifties, on the 15th of May there used to be a sumptuous procession with great popular participation in honour of St. Isidore, with carts pulled by oxen and decorated with flowers and hay. The church is currently home to great veneration, documented by sources since 1640, for the Virgin of Grace who is celebrated every year in the days before and after the second Sunday of October with many religious and civil events.

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