Chiesa del SS. Salvatore

Chiesa del SS. Salvatore, Palermo

Chiesa del SS. Salvatore
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ786 contributions
Beautiful, and don't miss the tower
Sep 2021
Palermo has many luxuriously decorated churches, and SS Salvatore is one of the great examples with amazing detail on every inch of the surface. It also has the distinction of being the “theater church”, shaped in unusual oval form, and situated sideways to the main entrance, which provides for a performance venue look. Make sure you go to the tower top for great views over the central Palermo.
Written October 7, 2021
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA11,221 contributions
Beautiful Church
May 2021
We missed this one when we visited Palermo in 2013. It is one of the most beautiful churches in the city.

Even though it is large, the floor plan gives it an intimate feeling.

We were disappoint we could not take any interior pictures because there was a wedding going on.
Written July 30, 2021
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK7,500 contributions
Interesting church and fascinating cupola visit
Nov 2019
There was a church just round the corner - Chiese del SS Salvatore - that looked interesting. We paid our €2.50 and walked in to a 3D baroque extravaganza. It was nicer than the normal catholic baroque as the colours were a lot more muted, mostly whites and greys, so the designs really stood out. We also went round the corner for the cupola tour but I did that solo as Deb hates spiral staircases. I was fine climbing the stairs until I reached the spiral part - a wrought iron floating staircase that you could see right through just before it collapsed and you plumetted to your death. It was a real effort of will to climb but I am so glad I did as you could see the roof of the dome and all the timber supports for the tower as well as views over the city. Well worth an extra €2.50.
Written November 11, 2019
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lentheman
Penyffordd, UK491 contributions
Good value way to see the Palermoroofscape
Oct 2019
150 steps to the top of this church dome. There are two intermediate levels where you can site down and have a rest!! Once up there there is a great view of the Palermo roof scape. It's not pretty like Florence or Dubrovnik but it is very interesting and in some ways more impressive because it is part of a very real living city with all of its vagaries. The ticket also gives you discounts to some of the other monuments. Good value.
Written October 20, 2019
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JJJC_Family
Virginia449 contributions
Looks like a theater
Mar 2019 • Couples
And it’s been used as one, because it’s shape is very well suited for viewing plays. Never saw that before and it made it more interesting. It’s also has an elegant look, but somewhat unfinished. I thought it may have been due to, running out money when they built it. Wrong. My wife spoke to a guy who worked there who keyed her into the real story. It was bombed during World War II and significantly destroyed. They re-constructed it but a lot of the ornamentation was not completed. I guess they ran out of funds. Unfortunately, you still see a lot of war damage while you walk around Palermo. Seventy five years later and they not only have not fixed it up, they haven’t even carted it away. I was told several times that corrupt politicians had siphoned off large amounts of money dedicated to taking care of this. The people of Palermo, who are warm, friendly, intelligent people, deserve better and I hope they get it some day.
Written May 30, 2019
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Fergs85
Thornton-Le-Dale, UK804 contributions
Great way to orientate yourself in Palermo
Apr 2019 • Solo
The cupola of SS Salvatore is a dominating feature of the Palermo skyline, and unusually wide in diameter. You enter from the side street through an admission office separate from the rest of the church. It’s a fairly easy and safe ascent, and once there affords an excellent 360-degree view of the city. On the way down I was able to get a great view of the interior of the church from a large balcony. The interior looked amazing but that was all I had time to see of it!
Written April 29, 2019
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food is my passion
Manningtree, UK425 contributions
Must visit the roof dome
Jul 2018 • Couples
This church is beautiful inside but the real beauty and surprise lies if you walk down the side of the church and pay the 2.50 euros to take a walk to the summit of the dome. Stunning views of Palermo for what is a very small price. Be aware though you do need to go up a free standing set of metal see through spiral staircases so not for the people with vertigo. But once you get to the top there are stunning 360 degree views of Palermo so make the effort if you can.
Written November 3, 2018
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Annalise E
Bristol, UK319 contributions
spend time on the roof
Sep 2018
the tour to the top is amazing you get to see the back and workings of the church which interesting and the views - wow just wow - about 100 steps not a bad walk
Written October 2, 2018
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Jim B
Hove1,446 contributions
Very different
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is an unusual and very different church from many in Palermo. The interior is more like the layout of a theatre. Beautifully decorated and contains some very interesting pieces of art.
Written September 29, 2018
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Printulsiprintesa
Province of Verona, Italy5 contributions
Awe-inspiring entrance into a theater of the gods
Oct 2017 • Couples
Well, Palermo is not only that long list of marvels for which, map in hand, you have to stay in a queue in full sun and get on a touring bus... It's also a long list of marvels that pop in front of you when you least expect it. Roaming about in town to find a good ice-cream, after visiting the cathedral, as the day drew to a close, voila! We almost passed by it... because this church, of Santissimo Salvatore, a baroque jewel, is there, right on Corso Vittorio-Emanuele, where what you expect is just expensive sweets and chic shops. It's actually very close to the Cattedrale di Palermo and very much its opposite in terms of size. And then we were sure nothing could grow in the shadow of THAT amazing work of art. We were wrong. And unprepared. The entrance in this church-theater-auditorium is so dramatic that it makes you feel like entering a renaissance play, with its stucco angels and marble everywhere and rows of seats seemingly waiting for a grand audience, with "La guarigione di un bimbo per intercessione di San Basilio" di Vito D’Anna and "La predica di San Basilio" (the beautiful frescos in the foyer), the recently restored "Pittura di S. Orsola", the bits of a huge fresco representing "San Basilio in gloria" and what seems to be the four virtues, when you look towards the ceiling, the stunning crucifix... We were the only people there. An enchanted hour...
Written May 18, 2018
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