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Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #16 of 61 Attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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sanctuary cove
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The church us deconsecrated but Caravaggio's masterpiece The Burial of St Lucy is above the altar, in the place for which it was painted. You must see it. It's that simple. There are other art works here as well, but St Lucy takes the cake.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

It was a true history lesson. Again in Ortygia duomo, this place is one of the best spots in Sicily to leave you speechless. The church isltself is like many other in this region, beautiful, you cannot miss it if just standing in any part of the Duomo. Going inside is an expirience that is hard to explain and even... More

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TIRANA, ALBANIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

the Santa Lucia church is a simple church but majestic at the same time. it is impressive with its simplicity and especially with the Caravaggio painting above its altar.

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london
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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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36 helpful votes 36 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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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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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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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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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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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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