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“Masterpiece” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oratory of the Rosary of St. Cita

Oratory of the Rosary of St. Cita
Via Valverde 3, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091-332-779
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Ranked #13 of 217 things to do in Palermo
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“Masterpiece”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

That work of Giacomo Serpotta is a masterpiece in sculpture. Look at all the details of the cherubs' expressive faces and movement. I was really impressed.

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“A Sicilian Baroque Masterpiece - A MUST”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

The Baroque era was about movement and this incredible display of virtuosity illustrates the Baroque spirit like nothing else I have seen in Palermo. It is, as another person here wrote, like a giant wedding cake.

Instead of flat figures in mosaic, here you have sculptural depictions of the life of Mary and Jesus ALONG with secular stories, like the battle scene.

Although one person here wrote that it is a rip off - it most definitely is not. The churches here function much like museums (when not used for religious purposes). Another person wondered if it was open saying she arrived at 4:30 pm. If you read your guide book, you will see it is open until 1 pm and then closes.

You can't say you've see Palermo until you see this work of art! It is one of the most famous in the city.

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“A Hidden Baroque Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Contrast a viewing of the Capella Paletina, the Cattedrale or one of the larger churches with a visit to this superb church which is hidden away in a side street less than 100 metres from Via Roma. Instead of gold leaf and mosaics you will find a profusion of white stucco comprising hundreds of sculptures fashioned by Giacomo Serpotta. Unlike most stucco decoration, Serpotta mixed his base material with marble dust and the figures he created have the sheen and feel of marble itself. As well as innumerable puti there is a series of biblical scenes that are rendered in the most exquisite detail. Flanking both main walls are wooden benches with impressive inlays fashioned from mother-of-pearl.

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“Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Immense contrast between the sober exterior and the richly decorated chapel.
There is a combination ticket available (Santa Cita and San Domenico).

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“A great place to visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

It is good to see the works of Giacomo Serpotta in such a calm and tranquil environment. The craftmanship is superb.

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