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Ex Jesuits' College
Ex Jesuits' College

The ex Jesuits' College (in Italian Collegio dei Gesuiti[1]) is a building in the town centre of Alcamo (in the province of Trapani).

Historical hints


Its construction started in 1652 in order to promote the diffusion of the Christian faith, but it has never been completed. The building of the colonnade, instead, dates back to the following century.[1]

In recent times it has been restored for seven years[2] and today it is the representative house of the town, of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Alcamo[2] and of the Civic Library "Sebastiano Bagolino",[1] which hosts rare incunabula and sixteenth-century editions.

Originally the colonnade of the College had four arches; only three remain as the one which connected the arcade to the Church of Jesus (in Italian chiesa del Collegio dei Gesuiti), was demolished.

Works


Besides the works exhibited inside the museum, there is an 18th-century fresco by Domenico La Bruna (dedicated to Our Lady's Assumption) on the ceiling of the ex Jesuits' College.

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