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“great Serapotta” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Oratorio di Santa Cita by Serpotta

Oratorio di Santa Cita by Serpotta
Via Valverde, 3, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Castellammare)
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Ranked #31 of 143 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Landmarks
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“great Serapotta”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Serapotta at his best and a relaxing break from the heat!!! the Putti are almost alive! very good value in a half open town.

Visited July 2012
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“nothing like this anywhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

off the beaten path,but the best stucco work you'll ever see anywhere.the design and effort that went into this room is unbeleivable.you could spend several hours examining the amazing detail.if yoy see onesite in palermo,this is it!

Visited May 2012
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“one of the best attractions in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

Built at the end of XVII century this small gem had been decorated by Giacomo Serpotta with a remarkable plaster work quoted as his best work. Don't miss it!

Visited February 2012
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“Do not miss this lovely place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Like many others, I suspect, we first saw this place being explained to Georgio Locatelli by the art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon, on a recent TV series called "Sicily Unpacked". Georgio walks into the Oratorio, and Andrew says "turn around".... and there it is: a whole wall, floor to ceiling in pure white stucco depicting the Battle of Lepanto (1571: southern Europe against the Ottomans), with three dimesional ships even with rigging. At which, I think, Georgio says "Wow". He's right: I was no fan of the Baroque before I came to Palermo, but Serpotta's work is fabulous. His angels and saints sit on ledges dangling their legs completely naturally; his cherubs look like real children, and tumble about, occasionally looking as if they have almost lost their balance and will fall out of their white heaven. The two urchins sitting in front of the Battle of Lepanto look tired and undernourished, and rather heartbreaking: boys swept into a men's war. The Oratorio is small, and set off a pretty courtyard with trees, which would be a cool spot in summer. It's within easy walking distance of the main sights in Palermo, west of the Vucchiria.

Visited April 2012
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