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Oratory of the Rosary of St. Cita (Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita)

Address: Via Valverde 3, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091-332-779
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Ranked #5 of 140 Attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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ohio
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119 reviews 119 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We stumbled across this gem while exploring the city . Beautiful inside, must use audio guide, very informative.

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Ireland
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294 attraction reviews
260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

These sculpture creations by the master craftsman are wondrous. Serpotta was a poor artist living in an area of Palermo where statues for religious processions were made. The works in this chapel, which is dedicated to the Rosary, were his first major commission. Serpotta had the innovative step of adding marble dust to the stucco paste, before it was applied... More 

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Seattle
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The little know but highly regarded 17th century sculptor Giacomo Serpota lavishly ornamented this small, but attractive space with a profusion of full relief sculpture done in stucco (not considered as prestigious as marble, hence Serpota's relative obscurity.) The oratory provides a dazzling display of skill and artistry. Well worth the time to see it.

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Manly NSW Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We had seen a tv show in which this chapel featured, so decided to visit. We found it very difficult to find. it is a little confusing as there are two "Oratorio Rosario" but finally found it and were we delighted to do so! It is hard to believe the statues, scenes, etc are all made of stucco. Like 12gotoperu... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is a very delightfully different church than all the others I have seen in my travels to Italy. One just sort of stands there with the mouth hanging open! Go see it.

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Sydney, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We picked up a taxi at the port (set fee 120 euro for 5 hours) and proceeded to visit all the sites of Palermo on our wish list. The day was wonderful and provided us with an agglomeration of the tours that were available from the ship and an attentive guide who was hell bent on showing us everything that... More 

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Surrey, UK
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154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We had seen this on the Sicily Unpacked TV programme and were determined to visit it - and we are so glad that we did. It was incredible. It was hard to find, being situated off a back street, but once inside it was magnificent and left a lasting impression on both of us.

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York, PA
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Get the headsets; their detail is superb. The room is amazing; you wonder how the sculptor could create such beauty! It took about a half hour to go all around the room, with the headsets telling all there was to learn about each woman, each cherub, and the meaning of each niche. I liked the gold accents and the starkness... More 

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Terni, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

the 2 oratories have audioguide for a good price. Are 2 monument very impressive, beautifull but is interesting listen because were built and used

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New York
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11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Breathtaking Sicilian Baroque Oratorio by the master Giacomo Serpotta. White Biblical scenes sometimes offset by gold trim. Each scene is a masterpiece in itself. A must for lovers of "putti" and excessiveness.

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