The series of eight large Flemish tapestries from Brussels, which were once kept in the church, are renowned. After undergoing extensive restoration they have been on display in the Museo degli Arazzi since 1984 (entrance from the rear of the church, near the main apse). The tapestries, which were woven around 1565-70, deal with themes from the Jewish War which ended with the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D.: first tapestry: Josephus Flavius, defender of Giopata, leaves the grotto where he has sought refuge after the conquest of the city by Vespasian. second tapestry: Agrippa, King of Tiberia, goes to Vespasian to speak in favor of his city. third tapestry: Vespasian is named Emperor by the soldiers after the death of Nero. fourth tapestry: The Emperor Vespasian receives a gift from the Syrian king. fifth tapestry: Vespasian has Josephus Flavius set free from his chains. sixth tapestry: fight between the Roman Priscus and the Jew Jonas. seventh tapestry: Titus, the son of Vespasian, receives an important present: two candle-stands and the Holy Scriptures for the resumption of services in the temple of Jerusalem. eighth tapestry: Titus brings a sacrifice to Jahve, the God of the Jews.
These sumptious tapestries were originally in the possession of the Archbishop Antonio Lombardo of Messina, who was born in Marsala and who twice visited Madrid as a member of a diplomatic mission and received them as gifts from King Philip II. He bequeathed them to the city of his birth, Marsala, in the Chiesa Madre of which he was buried in 1596.