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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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An empty old building with a feelings

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Milan, Italy

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Milan, Italy
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179 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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.

Thank giorgiod486
Bologna, Italy
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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

Thank rob42015
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504 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 387 helpful votes
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 

Thank permia
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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184 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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!

Thank Madmartigand
Newport, United Kingdom
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305 reviews
194 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 482 helpful votes
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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66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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.

Thank privetrita
Budapest, Hungary
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19 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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.

Thank Marcus_Me
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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... More 

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