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Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo

Via dello Spasimo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)
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Ranked #25 of 143 attractions in Palermo
Type: Religious Sites
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English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Visited in October 2013 and found it enchanting. Contrary to much opinion, including some in these reviews, the Allies did not destroy this church at the end of WW II. We inquired of locals, and what they told us is verified in Wikipedia. The church was never completed."because of the rising Turkish threat in 1535,where resources meant for the church... More

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Milan, Italy
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116 reviews 116 reviews
44 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Interesting and beautiful unfinished church (no roof). Use to be a an hospital and now is a open air event venue, nice setting and location. The guardian is a smart and expert and always happy to help!

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Newport, United Kingdom
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105 reviews 105 reviews
56 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Destroyed during the latter part of WWII it serves as a reminder of the destructive nature of war on great monuments. Compared to other churches/cathedrals in the region there is not so much to see, however you can well imagine it's former grandeur. As mentioned, concerts have been held here and I can imagine it's incredibly atmospheric to be present... More

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Aubonne, Switzerland
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

It was probably quite a fine church in its day, though it was incorporated into the city wall soon after its creation and later used as a lazaretto, but in 1943 the Allies blew it to smithereens and now it's just a poignant, roofless monument to the effects of wars on civilians. From that point of view, it's definitely worth... More

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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Rich with history, the ruins of this church are romantic and picturesque and well kept. There are concerts held there, I imagine it is a great place to hear music under the arches of the ruined roof, under the stars.

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Budapest, Hungary
20 reviews 20 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

We are very impressed by what we experienced here. Every single stone has its own meaning. A must visit site in Palermo.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Make sure you don't miss an evening concert in this unbelievable setting...such an extraordinary experience... sound and architecture and history and nature, and starry night all in the same place...a church witout a ceiling and with a huge tree inside, reaching the stars with its branches... and then come back during the day, to appreciate the architectural forces in its... More

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