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Oratorio di Santa Cita by Serpotta

Via Valverde, 3, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Castellammare)
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Ranked #21 of 154 attractions in Palermo
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
Most recent review
- Jun 16, 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A must see masterpiece in the heart of Palermo. Stunning sculptures from one of the best Sicilian artists of the 18th century. The place is very peaceful, as opposed to the caos of the city centre, turning your visit into an almost spiritual experience. The audio-guide is very informative and takes you through the symbolic meanings of the sculptures, as... More

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Berkshire, England
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91 reviews 91 reviews
39 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

There are several Serpotta oratorios in Palermo. This is one of the best with the battle scene at Lepanto being quite special.The stucco decoration is beautifully executed, being very life like. Look out for his street urchin. There is a good audio guide to explain the oratorio. However here as in another Serpotta oratorio our peace was spoilt by a... More

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Island of Malta, Malta
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The thought and artistry that went into creating this marvelous ensamble is a fitting tribute to Serpotta, one of the greatest sculptors of his time. Enjoy this unique room which is beautifully described and explained in the excellent audio guide.

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Quebec City, Canada
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113 reviews 113 reviews
35 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

That work of Giacomo Serpotta is a masterpiece in sculpture. Look at all the details of the cherubs' expressive faces and movement. I was really impressed.

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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Serapotta at his best and a relaxing break from the heat!!! the Putti are almost alive! very good value in a half open town.

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florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

off the beaten path,but the best stucco work you'll ever see anywhere.the design and effort that went into this room is unbeleivable.you could spend several hours examining the amazing detail.if yoy see onesite in palermo,this is it!

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altrincham
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66 reviews 66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

Built at the end of XVII century this small gem had been decorated by Giacomo Serpotta with a remarkable plaster work quoted as his best work. Don't miss it!

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London
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Like many others, I suspect, we first saw this place being explained to Georgio Locatelli by the art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon, on a recent TV series called "Sicily Unpacked". Georgio walks into the Oratorio, and Andrew says "turn around".... and there it is: a whole wall, floor to ceiling in pure white stucco depicting the Battle of Lepanto (1571: southern... More

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