The Church of Our Lady of Remedies (Chiesa della Madonna dei Rimedi) and the Convent of the Discalced Carmelites (Carmelitani Scalzi) is a religious complex built in Baroque style, located in Piazza dell’Indipendenza, in Palermo.
During the campaign of the Norman reconquest of Sicily, held between 1064 and 1072, the lighting of fires, suggested in a dream by the Virgin, proved to be an excellent remedy to drive away the annoying insects that weakened the troops.
In 1072, after the conquest of Palermo, Roger I of Sicily, nicknamed The Great Count, as a sign of gratitude for the victory, built a primitive church dedicated to Santa Maria dei Rimedi.
The current structure was born five centuries later, in 1609, after the arrival of Father Domenico, called to Palermo by the Viceroy of Sicily Juan Manuel Fernández Pacheco and Zúñiga, Marquis of Vigliena.
The Convent of the Order of the Discalced Carmelites was built around the same time, under the title of Santa Maria dei Rimedi, one of the first Carmelite institutions of Palermo, and today one of the most important convents of the Discalced Carmelites in Italy.
The construction of the complex continued with the help of the Palermo Senate and was completed in 1625.
In 1866, the convent became the barracks of the 22nd Artillery Battalion and the church was transformed into a warehouse and a stable. The church was restored in 1947 and reopened to worship in 1950, on the initiative of Cardinal Ernesto Ruffini.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Church of the Madonna dei Rimedi is located about 1.6 kilometers away from the Palermo Centrale train station. The closest bus station is Indipendenza-Pisani, on the bus Lines 104, 108, 109, 110, 118, 309 and 327, about 30 meters away. To find the church on foot, use the map below.