Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo

Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo

Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo
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MariadaPalermo
Palermo2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 stone nerves...and then come back at night again, because once you came, you feel forced to come back
Written February 22, 2012
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Karlyn M
Toulouse, France26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Beautiful church that was never completed. Good for a quick walk through or a sit in the outside garden but you won’t spend much time there.
Written November 10, 2019
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canadiancraftsman
London, Canada379 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
This partially ruined church (no roof) has gone through many uses in the course of its existence.
Now, it is the home of the local jazz school and often hosts concerts in what used to be the main nave of he church attached to a demolished monastery.
I can just imagine what a concert would be like there.
Under the stars, because the roof is gone, yet sheltered from the wind by the high walls.
This is worth a visit but only after you've visited the other main attractions.
Written October 12, 2017
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Cambridge77
Cambridge, UK178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
This church and surrounding building are out of the "tourist circuit" and it is worth a visit. Its history of being a place to support vulnerable people and its gothic architecture inspire awe. The church was never completely finished so has no roof and looks like ruins, but beautiful and safe to walk in. The church is open for all to wonder in, free entry. Now the building is host to the EU school of jazz and we were told that concerts are played there at times.
Written November 23, 2016
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CAVANCOM
New Haven, CT7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
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 through the efforts of "Salvare Palermo," a non-profit foundation dedicated to rescuing Palermo's artistic heritage, and is now used for outdoor musical and theatrical productions. In the twilight, the roofless nave assumes an even more mysterious aspect, as if its many ghosts could come alive and the weeping of the women could again be heard.
Written April 20, 2016
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Matteo R
Syracuse, Italy283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
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 you are able to appreciate simplicity.
Written February 26, 2016
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Linda F
Sarasota, FL61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
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 were diverted to fortifications of the city against any possible incursions." Off the beaten track in Palermo, but well worth a visit.
Written March 30, 2014
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Dave H
Newport, UK313 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
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 during such an event.
Written June 10, 2013
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,860 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
This is the remains of an old church. It’s in a nice park with some urban green space. It’s most just there. Not a lot to see especially with so many whole churches around.
Written April 4, 2024
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Gianluca A
Piovene Rocchette, Italy31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Large, secluded, abandoned, church, without roof, not far by piazza magione, now in summer setting for performances; for me despite being the falling ruin of what once was a magnificent one, preserve somwhat of magic and inspiring, it's well worth a little detour.
Written February 27, 2022
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