Where Santa Maria degli Angeli stands today, there was once a Benedictine convent. The legend, however, explains why it is called this way. It is said that San Francesco, when he passed from Bari, called the faithful in prayer using a bronze bell that is still preserved in the church today. In reality many call the church also Santa Maria della Finestra for a legendary painting of the Madonna found in a walled window. The Confraternity entrusted with the care of the church dates back to 1630 and retains a 1781 parchment signed by Ferdinando IV.

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