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Oratory of the Rosary of St. Cita (Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita)
Via Valverde 3, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091-332-779
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Ranked #10 of 155 attractions in Palermo
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Aubonne, Switzerland
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“nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

It's a lot like any overdone oratorio, but on the rear wall there's an interesting 3D plaster recreation of the Battle of Lepanto of 1571.

Visited December 2012
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Bedoin, France
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“If you do only 1 thing in Palermo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

No matter how short your visit to Palermo, don't miss a visit to this breathtaking little Oratorio. It is in a cluster of 6 others, all a short walk from each other but this is truly the jewel in the crown.

Visited November 2012
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“An unexpected discovery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

While visiting the very beautiful Oratorio di Santa Zita (Cita), I heard some wonderful operatic music coming from somewhere. At first, I thought it was someone playing opera at high-volume. I followed the sound down to the salon, located at street level of the Oratorio. There I found a tenor opera singer, accompanied by a pianist, singing his heart out. I entered the salon and took a seat. A few minutes later, a young woman approached me. She told me that the duo was practicing for a concert that night. The music was wonderful, so I told her I would return. It turns out that the program is called Palermo Salotto Musicale, concertIncontri (Concerts and Get-togethers), an organization dedicated to promoting young musicians. That evening's concert, which consisted of a series of famous arias taken from a dozen lyric operas, among them Cavelleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Tosca and Carmen, was thrilling. The singing of young tenor Alessandro Moccia, accompanied by the talented young pianist Paolo Gurrera, was magical, and the price, a mere €5, was a gift. The autumn series runs eekly through December 15. Not to be missed if you are in Palermo. So nice to see these old spaces come alive again!

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“One of many oratories in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Wonderful stucco decorations all over the walls and ceiling: white and gold. Most beautiful as are the other stuccoed oratories

Visited October 2012
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Oakland, California, United States
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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.

Visited October 2012
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