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Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia

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Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

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This was our main reason for visiting Syracuse - to see the Caravaggio - and we were not disappointed. The church was surprisingly quiet considering there was a queue outside the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This was our main reason for visiting Syracuse - to see the Caravaggio - and we were not disappointed. The church was surprisingly quiet considering there was a queue outside the Duomo which doesn't have a Caravaggio. If you visit don't miss this, it's worth the walk into Ortigia which is gorgeous anyway.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

Located on the edge of the Piazza Duomo. Entry is free. There are some lovely paintings but the Caravaggio depicting the death of Santa Lucia is the reason why most people visit. The painting was finished in 1608 and well worth visiting. Note that there is a strict No Photo or Video policy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The church is located on Piazza Duomo, only few steps from the Duomo itself. The façade of Santa Lucia alla Badia is very pretty: it has barley-sugar twist columns, also called Solomonic, intricate wrought iron balcony, and stone as delicately worked as silver. It is said that the original church was built on the site where it was thought Santa... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Did not realize that there is a painting in the church by Carvaggio until we were told by our host at the B&B. Not to miss this painting by this famous painter.

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Perth, Western Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

It is worth going into the Chiesa di santa Lucia just to see Caravaggio's painting of The Burial of St Lucy. The church is easy to find when walking into the main Piazza.

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Media, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a lovely church on the main piazza in Ortigia and well worth a visit. Take time before or after your visit to people watch on the piazza and church steps.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Caravaggio's painting 'the burial of st lucia' has all the expected attributes particularly the treatment of light. its only there for anothermonth before going back to its usual home just out of town,

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Any church housing a Caravaggio painting is worth a visit in my opinion. A bit disappointed at accessibility of painting. Can only view from behind a cordoned off area at least 10 ft from it. Plus the stand holding information about it was right in the centre of the viewing area. At the bottom of the church, various images from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

As others have said, it is all about the Caravaggio painting - The Burial of St Lucy, who was martyred here in 304 AD.

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

It is not his most impressive work but, to be fair to him, it was conducted in haste. You can see elements of his 'Taking of Christ' in the figures surrounding the burial of St Lucy.

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