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“Very sad” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo

Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo
Via dello Spasimo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)
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Ranked #26 of 155 attractions in Palermo
Type: Religious Sites
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Aubonne, Switzerland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Very sad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

It was probably quite a fine church in its day, though it was incorporated into the city wall soon after its creation and later used as a lazaretto, but in 1943 the Allies blew it to smithereens and now it's just a poignant, roofless monument to the effects of wars on civilians. From that point of view, it's definitely worth visiting.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Rich with history, the ruins of this church are romantic and picturesque and well kept. There are concerts held there, I imagine it is a great place to hear music under the arches of the ruined roof, under the stars.

Visited January 2013
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Budapest, Hungary
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19 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

We are very impressed by what we experienced here. Every single stone has its own meaning. A must visit site in Palermo.

Visited September 2012
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Palermo
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Unforgettable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Make sure you don't miss an evening concert in this unbelievable setting...such an extraordinary experience... sound and architecture and history and nature, and starry night all in the same place...a church witout a ceiling and with a huge tree inside, reaching the stars with its branches...
and then come back during the day, to appreciate the architectural forces in its stone nerves...and then come back at night again, because once you came, you feel forced to come back

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