Madonna del Carmine Church Celano

The Madonna del Carmine Church in Celano (Abruzzo) is one of many buildings in the town commissioned by the Piccolomini family.

Madonna del Carmine Church Celano

Useful information

Address: Strada Statale 696, 12 – 67043 Celano. Ticket price: Free.

History and description

Madonna del Carmine Church Celano
Madonna del Carmine Church

Like many buildings in Celano, construction of the Chiesa della Madonna del Carmine was commissioned by the Piccolomini family.

Count Innico Piccolomini, who died in 1566, had ordered the construction of a church dedicated to the Madonna del Carmine in his will, and in 1573 his daughter Costanza received papal permission to build the church, together with an attached convent.

The reason that permission had been delayed for such a long time, was the opposition of the friars of the nearby San Francesco Church.

The convent is currently used as private residences, but at some point served as Celano’s town hall. Later it even functioned as a prison.

What to see

The two statues on either side of the entrance gate depict two holy Carmelites.

The interior is characterized by Baroque architecture and a Latin floor plan. There are four side chapels and six altars.

Madonna del Carmine Church Celano

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