Open on several occasions, It is found in via Annunziata in Cammarata
How it looks
In the lower part of the town stands the Church of the Annunziata. It is the most characteristic church of Cammarata. It is worth a visit to observe the discreet harmony of this sixteenth-century building. The church is preceded by a pronaos dated 1521 with a pointed arch in the main facade, and with two round side arches separated by an elegant column. The interior has a single nave, with a barrel vault, enriched with pure gold stuccoes. The church houses a crucifix, called della Pioggia, following a miracle that took place in the mid-eighteenth century, when the simulacrum of the Crucifix purchased by the population of Burgio was temporarily kept in the temple because bad weather prevented us from continuing the journey. The sculpture remained in Cammarata because every time the Burgitans tried to resume their journey, the sky darkened and it began to rain again. In the church there is a large canvas depicting the Penitent Magdalene attributed to the school of Guido Reni, another eighteenth-century canvas depicting the Annunciation of the Virgin and artistic wooden statues, such as that of the Madonna Annunziata and that of St. James the Apostle.
Church of the Annunziata
The church of the Annunziata could be pre-existing compared to the Monastery e it seems that in a remote period it was dedicated to Santa Maria degli Infermi, but we don't know the source of this news reported by De Gregorio. According to Vincenzo La Mendola, Theologian, historian and friend, this dedication could mean that in the beginning it was linked to the Carmelite Order.
Surely it arose along the transhumance route that allowed the flocks, following the Turibolo stream, to ascend to the green pastures during the summer months.
It was referred to by the Cammaratesi as "Badia di sotto" to distinguish it from the "Badia di sopra" that is the Church of Santa Domenica of the other Benedictine monastery of the town, which we actually still call "Badia" today.
The church appears today in good condition because it was restored about thirty years ago.
Surely the interior does not match to what the nuns lived during their prayers a few centuries ago: in the eighteenth century indeed was heavily modified, perhaps coinciding with the transfer of the nuns to the Monastery of Santa Domenica in via Roma.