Chiesa di San Giuseppe dei Padri Teatini

Chiesa di San Giuseppe dei Padri Teatini

Chiesa di San Giuseppe dei Padri Teatini
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Europe3,245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
On our way to the Capella Palatina, we decided to visit this impressive baroque church, built at the beginning of the XVII. century, next to the southwest corner of the Quattro Canti. It was commissioned by the Theatine order and its builder, Giacomo Besio was also a member of the order.
As there was an ongoing preparation for the liturgy, we did not walk around, we just quietly spent a few minutes looking at the altar, the nave and the isles.
Written April 16, 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,663 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Don't be put off by the plain exterior. It is hiding a stunning interior. Inside an avenue of grey Billiemi marble Corinthian columns of up to 10m in height, divides the 3 naves. There are brilliant frescoes, Serpotta stucco work, marble inlaid decoration and private side chapels built by noble Sicilian families, each richly decorated. It’s quite stunning.

I particularly liked the two fonts for holy water by the front door. Normally fonts are simple basins, but these are each held by a large angel who appears to have swooped down from Heaven right at the very moment, to meet you at the door. They were made by Ignazio Marabitti (who also made the Genius of Palermo fountain at Villa Giulia). On the left is a very delicately beautiful Madonna (by Gagini who did many other Madonnas in Palermo). It is an image of a young, ethereal Mary with a draped gold and white gown, the sculpted flows in the fabric looking so real it’s hard to think that they are marble.

It’s easy to overlook this church. We nearly did so because the front entrance is set into the southwest corner of Quattro Canti and that striking intersection steals all the attention. The church seems to blend into the surrounding buildings and in any case, the façade is simple and severe and would be unlikely to draw you in. It consists essentially of a pair of large columns, an unremarkable tympanum and a niche with a statue of San Giuseppe (Joseph) standing above a symbol of an axe (symbol of carpenters).

There is one striking external feature - the green and yellow majolica tiled dome which you can see from many angles once you’re further away (best seen from the Fountain of Shame). However, it took me some time to connect the dome with the plain church façade opposite our hotel.

The other thing to mention is that it was only open occasionally so if you happen to see the doors unlocked, then take the opportunity to have a look. We popped in but there was a mass on and we did not want to intrude so we only stood at the back and looked from there.
Written November 9, 2020
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mooresy2
Champaign-Urbana, IL1,277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
This Church is right at the Quattro Canti so you really can't miss it because the huge dome and the length of the exterior is evident from Via Maqueda. Once you get past the panhandlers on the steps and step inside you will be amazed from the frescoed ceiling full of all the marble statues in all of the corners and all over to the over the top Baroque adornments..This church will make all of the others besides the San Cataldo seem slightly empty in comparison and is certainly one of the most beautiful churches in all of Sicily.
Written November 16, 2016
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AlexSwallow
Sheffield, UK1,726 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Palermo has lots of stunning churches, but of the ones I saw this is the standout for both architecture and atmosphere. Really worth a visit.
Written September 3, 2020
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MT J
London, UK107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
The wealth of riotous decoration in this church is nothing if not striking at first sight. The interior is stuccoed so that scarcely an inch is left unadorned. Worth visiting for the quality of the work alone.
Written July 6, 2017
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James G
West Palm Beach113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
This magnificent church located some yards from the hotel where I was staying in central Palermo was built by the Theatine (Teatini) Canon Regulars Roman Catholic male religious order in the seventeen hundreds and is huge for a parish church. The founder of the Theatines was Saint Cajetan and by now in 2015 the number of active Theatine members has like so many religious orders dwindled. This is a magnificent baroque church built with great taste and decorations. It is these houses of worship still standing, perhaps no longer greatly attended as they should be, that contain so much of the history, art and architecture of Europe. Tours can be found in Palermo that just visit these great monuments You can also walk to many of them or visit with the yellow or green tourist on and off again buses that stop every half hour for a day's visiting..
Written November 18, 2015
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA36,365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
I do agree with other reviewers that the church exterior is rather austere, except for the shining dome with a blue and yellow majolica covering. But wait... you enter the church and the first glance at the stunningly elaborate Baroque interior literally takes your breath away. Majestic nave divided by two rows of elegant marble columns, exuberance of the white statues shining on the background of green marble, the beauty of the richly adorned altar - everything in this church leaves you speechless... One of the most beautiful baroque interiors I have ever seen... Do not miss it - it is located right next to Quattro Canti. If you buy a ticket to visit 5 major churches in Palermo, you will get a discount at Il Teatini.
Written November 15, 2015
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greentree33
Calgary, Canada110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
If you have a yen to see baroque at its finest, then do not pass up the chance to visit this church if you are in Palermo. It is likely often missed because tourists focus on the Quattro Canti (Four Corners). The southwest corner actually takes some space out of the church. If you were expecting a regular church given the non descript exterior, the inside will take your breath away. Do not forget to look up because the ceiling has sculpted people extending out of the paintings. The altars are highly carved with tremendous inlays. The walls and floor have not been left out of the action.
Written September 26, 2015
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skyisblu
Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Don't be fooled by the unassuming exterior of this place, the inside is a mind-blowing explosion of frescoes and gold leaf. And gorgeous!

Trust me.
Written August 10, 2015
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Sean P
Manchester, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
I'm English and my American wife has many relatives in Sicily so when we decided to get married in Sicily we looked around a few churches but to my mind this is the most spectacular in Palermo. The inside is really magnificent and I believe even more worth a visit than the Cathedral!
Written May 12, 2014
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