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Oratorio di San Lorenzo

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Address: Via dell'Immacolatella, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Giacomo Serpotta's baroque masterpiece

Astounding plaster sculptures by the absolute master of that time: Giacomo Serpotta. The total white is in stark contrast with the expectations one has of the Baroque style. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Lugano
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Astounding plaster sculptures by the absolute master of that time: Giacomo Serpotta. The total white is in stark contrast with the expectations one has of the Baroque style. A must see.

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Lauria, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The staff here are very nice and will explain the chapel. Its by Serpotta the master of Stucco,but its also famoys as the place where in 1969 a caravaggio was stolen,and a few sepotta figures as well.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We went to both Oratorio. They were both worth the visit. They are small and easy to view. Lovely art work.

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Stunning plaster work within a very formal rectangular space. Large and small scale plaster figures and scenes in high Baroque style

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Juiz de Fora
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Lesser known than some of Palermo's most famous atractions like la Cappela Palatina, La Martorana church and the duomo in nearby Monreale, the Oratorio di San Lorenzo will leave you speechless. The intricate stucco work along the four walls is a masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque. There are two themes represented here: the life of Saint Francis and the martyrdom of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This oratorio was, amazingly, abandoned for some years, allowing a master painting to be stolen and many of the decorations to be removed; what remains is delightful baroque decoration including playful cherubs doing some very funny things. No photos allowed by still well worthwhile seeing.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is a wonderful example of extravagant baroque decoration. Stucco scenes depicting scenes from the Bible and lives of saints cover the walls and the inlaid marble is also very beautiful. A must to see.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A hidden gem. Truly amazing what is possible with stucco; figures carved large and small with incredible detail. small entry fee very worthwhile

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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

extraordinary little stucco gems by sculptor serpotta.... sadly the place is bad-maintained and poorly advertised...

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alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We loved this Oratorio. The two in Palermo are simply amazing works of Baroque art. You wonder how the stucco stays up. The scenes are unique.

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