I love church decoration and architecture and this one actually made my jaw drop. The decoration has to be seen to be believed.
Instead of the usual displays of Baroque sculpture and painting in a church, this building features a seemingly endless series of cut marble decorations, finely fitted into a mosaic-like pattern covering the walls of the interior. Check the hours before you go, because it closes at odd times. Mornings might be best.
The baroque interior of the Church is out-of-this world literally! It's like an icing cake and took the sculptors almost half a century to make but the outcome is simply brilliant! One could only imagine the grandeur and splendour of Palermo then. Of many churches that I have visited, one can't help but noticing that they are all deteriorating and... More
This is a beautiful baroque church with gorgeous decorations, stuccoes, columns. We almost missed going down to the crypt - nothing much there but still interesting. There always seem to be weddings going on here and there was one while we were there- nice cultural experience.
Enough pietra dura for a whole Taj Mahal! And some lovely cherubs too. It was very badly damaged by allied bombing in WWII so it is remarkable to reflect that much of this amazing craftsmanship was done in fairly recent times, and the skills are not completely dead.
I am not a fan of Baroque but this is really well done. As always, Sicily has its own twist on things and this is not an exception. The marble intarsio walls were exceptional.
Incredible interior, really worth visiting. Fascinating baroque style church with fantastic marble carving.
Beautiful church near the Vittorio Emmanuelle monument. It is the central church for the Jesuits, now in vogue with their own pope. The church has a beautiful ceiling and some saint relics. Also they put a small show at dawn, when the painting of Saint Francis goes up to reveal a silver statue that is hidden behind it. It lasts... More
Palermo has a great many churches that seem quite modest and restrained from the outside yet absolutely burst with decoration internally. This is so true of Chiesa del Gessu. The marble work inside is jaw-dropping. The work that went into the decoration is astounding. It is well maintained and unlike a few of the churches it does offer a concise... More
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