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Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo

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Address: Via dello Spasimo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39-091-617-1658
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breathtaking ,every time I see it

I highly recommend this site for a visit in the late afternoon with the shades and the calmness it becomes magic

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2016
Massimiliano C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

I highly recommend this site for a visit in the late afternoon with the shades and the calmness it becomes magic

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Ruins of a 16th c. church in the Kalsa, the old Arab quarter of Palermo. For many years it served as a refuge and a hospice for destitute, suffering women, mainly prostitutes. Before it was given a new lease on life, it had become a dumping ground, filled with a mountain of trash 20 feet high. It has been restored... More 

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Syracuse, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

Free entrance, friendly custodians who give a little tour. A former church of the adjacent former hospital (hence the name "spasimo" means spasm) now housing a jazz music school. Now in ruins, but still highly attractive. Great architecture, peaceful place (ask for concerts, theater performances etc). Peaceful place full of energy and spirit. The stunning architecture will overwhelm you if... More 

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This used to be a church, it is now an empty building that shows all the architectural styles that went through it.

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Liked the gothic architecture and the stylish refurbishing: ideal remaking of a ruin into a 21st century concert venue. The atmosphere reminded me of Melrose Abbey in Scotland

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Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The history of the church, and accounting for its roofless state, is fascinating. Money destined to complete it was instead diverted to fight the 1530s Turkish threat. It is unique and a symbol of the regeneration of the Kalsa area. It was lovely walking around it and seeing how close it was to completion. Much of the stonework is attractive.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Visited in October 2013 and found it enchanting. Contrary to much opinion, including some in these reviews, the Allies did not destroy this church at the end of WW II. We inquired of locals, and what they told us is verified in Wikipedia. The church was never completed."because of the rising Turkish threat in 1535,where resources meant for the church... More 

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Baden, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Interesting and beautiful unfinished church (no roof). Use to be a an hospital and now is a open air event venue, nice setting and location. The guardian is a smart and expert and always happy to help!

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Newport, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Destroyed during the latter part of WWII it serves as a reminder of the destructive nature of war on great monuments. Compared to other churches/cathedrals in the region there is not so much to see, however you can well imagine it's former grandeur. As mentioned, concerts have been held here and I can imagine it's incredibly atmospheric to be present... More 

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Aubonne, Switzerland
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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... More 

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