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Oratorio di San Lorenzo

Via dell'Immacolatella, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)
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Ranked #13 of 162 Attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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62 reviews 62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

It was interesting to see, but we were surprised that you couldn't take photos especially as we had just been into Santa Cita church where you could take them (and the interior was similar but bigger and better).

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Incredible stuccos. This church is famous for what is not in it. A Carravaggio Nativity was stolen in 1969, it now has a facsimile. It was thought to have been stolen by the Mafia, but no one knows.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

It is another beautifull oratorio in stucco but people have stolen statues and the original painting of Caravaggio... But the statue of Carità looks so real............

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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I had seen a BBC programme about the Oratorio San Lorenzo and was not disappointed .The sculptures of Serpotta are really nice and the guide was really well informed .It is certainly worth visiting and the guided tour is included in the ticket.Nearby there is the antica foccaceria San Francesco so do not forget to pop in for a bite... More

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Galway, Ireland
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

These oratories in Palermo need all the help they can get. There are so many, many churches, all needing maintenance and all containing real treasures of architecture, plasterwork, fancy marble flooring and the like. This is a small gem and definitely worth a visit.

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São Paulo
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

My wife and I had the chance to visit the Oratorio and get a full free "private lesson" on Serpotta sculpure onsite by a very generous lady who works at the site. She called our attention to numerous details in the room which we were able to recognize while visiting other oratoria by Serpotta in Palermo. Serpotta´s putti (angels) are... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Next to chiesa San Francesco d'Assisi (close to Antica Foccaceria for simply great food) and worth looking for. The intricacy and detail of the individual biblical allegories is difficult to verbalise, please go and see.

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Dorset, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Perhaps slightly off the beaten track, but seems to be included in guide books. This is one of 3 oratorio with stucco sculpture by the master, Giacomo Serpotta (the others are San Domenico and Santa Zita to the north a few hundred metres - from reviews, Santa Zita sounds a good bet too). We saw it on a TV programme... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Serpotta's cherubs are amazing - full of character and humour. As a previous reviewer comments, the substitute for Caravaggio's work is a bit of a let-down, but does let you get some sense of how impressive the original was before it's theft. As with the other churches in the city the marble work and stucco is intricate and beautifully carved.... More

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Northumberland, UK
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

This little chapel tucked away in a side street near the Piazza Marina is a real gem, containing marvellously intricate plasterwork, inlaid stonework and carving. Sadly, some of the figures from the smaller tableaux were stolen some years ago, as was the Caravaggio altarpiece, now substituted by a rather sad digital reproduction. Still well worth a visit though, and one... More

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