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Oratorio di Santa Cita

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Address: Via Valverde 3, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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+39 091 332779
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Wonderful Serpota

Who would have thought that stucco could look so great. What an absolute gem this is. Well worth visiting.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alan B
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65 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Who would have thought that stucco could look so great. What an absolute gem this is. Well worth visiting.

Thank Alan B
Noosaville, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had seen this on a documentary last year and vowed to see it when I visited Palermo. Reasonably close to my hotel I walked to it in the rain. The whole visual experience, plus free audio guide was an unforgettable experience. Having seen stuccos the previous day in Castelbuono these were even better.

Thank Paul P
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017

Admission 4 Euros, well worth the price. The interior was beautiful, the inlaid mother of pearl benches were work of arts on its own. We went on a Monday morning and was not crowded at all.

Thank FYL003
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87 reviews
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Reviewed March 3, 2017

For some reason we had a hard time finding this church which looks like nothing from the outside but in the end it was worth the time and effort. It is absolutely unique and each panel tells a story. We were there on our own but it would have been nice to have a guide to explain at least some... More 

Thank living-in-germany
Paris, France
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Reviewed February 25, 2017

Breathtaking – I never thought I would say that about Baroque stucco sculpture, but to see the Oratorio at St. Cita in Palermo is truly, well, breathtaking. All is white, save for a few bronze elements: a lute, a sword, a lamb, a leave… Putti everywhere, babies with wings in adorable poses, with wonderful facial expressions, all created by Giacamo... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 22, 2017

Absolutely mind-blowing when you walk into the oratory. Could have sat for hours just looking at the figures and stories recounting the battle of Lepanto. Serpotta's skill as a sculptor was phenomenal. His cherubs are gorgeous, chubby life-like babies with different expressions as they look down on the other figures in the stories.

Thank Tatty239
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2017

We came to see the amazing art of Giacomo Serpotta, a superstar of Sicilian Baroque sculpture. The sculpture completely covering the inner area of the sanctuary is crafted with amazing detail and beauty. It is hard to believe that the precision in this work was achieved with stucco. The work was left in white which makes viewing very dependent on... More 

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Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

I have never seen anything like this before. Baroque sculptures all over the capella made in fantastic stucco. Engels, lovely fat 'babies', stories from the Bible etc. And it is all held in complete white. Really a 'must see'.

Thank LarsLyn
Denver, Colorado
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70 reviews
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Reviewed November 7, 2016

This a small chapel distinguished by stucco sculptures on every wall. The putti and statues of women who look as though they might have been French court ladies are astonishing. Worth a visit.

Thank Frances C
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 4, 2016

You enter through a dull looking door and are soon amazed at the interior. Palermo is packed with fantastic churches and this is one of the most stunning.

Thank Scarlet51

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