The Chiesa Madre stands central in my Father’s hometown of Partanna. Here, I provide you with it’s story (translated to English) from the Church’s website:
“The design work began in 1536 when Baron Baldassarre Grifeo it conceives of the project leaving a bequest, but it goes back to 1579 the start of actual production of the Church that, notwithstanding the financial interest of the barons, went very slowly.
January 20, 1625 when it made the entry into the new church, in fact, only the structures were completed in 1676 and only the Church will be officially dedicated to the worship and dedicated to the Transfiguration of the Holy Saviour, a title which he held until today.
From 1692 to 1729 was performed by Vincent Messina and his sons James and John, the large stucco decoration of the interior.
In 1968 the Church was damaged by the earthquake, the shock of January 25 causes the collapse of the facade of the tower and roof of the right of the nave to the triumphal arch that leads in the large sanctuary.
In 1970 work began on reconstruction of the building and consisted in the reconstruction of the concrete facade and bell tower by following, in its essential lines, the old design.
In March 1982 the church was reopened for worship.”