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Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #17 of 60 attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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london
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

For the time being Caravaggios wondeful tender Burial of Saint Lucy is squeezed above the altar, although it wasn,t intended for this church its a great setting and for a small contribution you can have it to yourself on some days. They play music in the church which is not obtrusive and matches the setting. If you get a chance... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Very reccomended as you can see the architectural evolution of two milleniums compressed into one monument. It is well worth paying for the audio guide and taking your time to absorb the atmosphere and data.

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Lake Mary, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

It is a smaller version of Catacombs of St. John. It is accessible by the church, we can see the tunnels of the cemetery hidden underground.

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Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

To be honest I went for the Caravaggio painting "Il seppelimento di Santa Lucia" which is magnificent. It's very realistic and dramatic, compressed into the bottom third of the canvas.

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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This church currently has Caravaggio's wonderful painting of The Burial of St Lucy on loan to it. The church can be visited all day, but you can't generally see much of the painting, as it is placed over the altar but obscured by the large and much venerated silver statue of St Lucy. Between 1100 and 1400 very good lighting... More

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Only reason for visiting this church is the Caravaggio and the wooden crosses. These have been taken from the other Santa Lucia in Siracusa, which is a shame. They should go back to their original home.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

Echoing what a previous reviewer stated, unless you read and comprehend Italian, this site is probably only worth a peek. Yes, there is a hole in the ground covered by glass before the altar that had no explanation. When I went, there were relics (bones) of what I assume were St. Lucy's; with the signage being in Italian, I wasn't... More

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New York City, New York
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

So, full disclosure, my wife is Italian and I speak and read Italian. So, I get extra help during these visits understanding what it is that I'm seeing. That said, I'd never heard of Michelangelo Caravaggio, and I'm glad I got to see and learn about his work. The church is nothing to write home about, and the hole in... More

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Pacific Palisades
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

If I remember correctly, this is where you'll find the Carravagio. Check the hours that it is open.

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