Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia

Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia

Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This church was built for the patron saint of the city. Saint Lucia was martyred in Roman times. We went inside and walked around. We wanted to see the famous Caravaggio’s painting but we couldn’t find it, it was moved. We were a bit disappointed, but the church is worth a visit.
Written February 11, 2023
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel16,000 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
No doubt you'll be on this really beautiful Piazza.
Not only for the Duomo, for the Syracuse Cathedral, but for the Piazza itself which one of the Top spot in Syracuse, if not of all Sicily.
Therefore no doubt you'll walk by this Church and it would be a good idea to walk in.
Even for a short moment, which could be a deserved break to rest a little, especially during the hot Sicilian summer, even much hotter in this scalding white piazza.
Written March 30, 2020
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redeco
Warren, MA9,297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2011 • Friends
The Basilica of Santa Lucia of the Holy Sepulchre lies at the far end of the Piazza Duomo in the Ortygia section of Syracuse. The Saint was martyred on this site in 304 AD. The church retains the basic Norman plan of immense nave and with two side aisles.

One of the most notable features is an immense painting by Caravaggio depicting the Burial of Santa Lucia dating to 1608 that hangs over the main altar. The painting is a masterpiece with it's bold contrast of light and dark and composition dominated by two enormous figures hovering over the body of the Saint. It is interesting to note that Caravaggio came to Syracuse after excaping from prison in Malta. Why he fled to Syracuse is a mystery, though there may be a link between Fra Raffaele of Malta who was also Guardian of the Convent of the Church. The painting was just painstakingly restored to its originial beauty. No photos are allowed inside the church.

The sepulchre itself is next door, a large octagonal building dating to Norman times. A catacomb lies beneath the church and extends beneath the square. A large plaque in Italian lists many who are buried here. If I read it correctly, there are many family members of Santa Lucia interred there. Don't miss this church...it's pretty wonderful.
Written June 16, 2011
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Often_on_road
New Jersey413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
My first time seeing one of this painter's works in the setting it was commissioned for. Viewing it in the setting, with the ambient light, gave new meaning to the thought behind his work.
Written November 27, 2019
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hhm501
Wellington, UK261 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Worth a quick look when in the beautiful square - wonderfully proportioned building. Great example of Baroque period.
Written October 22, 2019
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SimplyFred
Shrewsbury, UK967 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Situated right at the end of the Duomo Piazza, slightly recessed is the church of Santa Lucia alla badia. It is an impressive work.
Written October 12, 2016
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Santa Lucia alla Badia is located on Piazza del Duomo, you can’t miss its green door framed by beautiful spiral columns and each side has the Spanish Coat of Arms, above the door are martyrdom symbols of St Lucia, the palm, crown and sword. The understated exterior and simple interior are what make this such a beautiful building. The original church was built 15th century on the same site but destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, the current church was built between 1695 and 1703.

Caravaggio arrived in Siracusa in October 1608, after fleeing from Malta. He was immediately commissioned to have a painting of Siracusa’s Patron Saint Lucia finished in time for her festival on December 13th - no pressure. The painting was intended for Santa Lucia al Sepolcro, however Caravaggio’s beautiful “Burial of Saint Lucia” is currently in Santa Lucia alla Badia. No photography of painting is allowed but postcards are available.
Written September 1, 2016
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CJeremyL
Shaftesbury, UK998 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
There was a charge of €6 for this Chiesa and no photos were permitted. It was quite dark and nothing special. The Caravaggio on display was in the gloom perhaps to emphasise the chiaro oscuro nature of this famous painting. Not an instant tourist attraction, in my opinion.
Written September 22, 2015
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Francesca
Palermo, Italy221 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Most people come here to see the Caravaggio. It has been moved to Santa Lucia on the mainland of Siracusa. The painting over the altar, however, The Martyrdom of Santa Lucia is quite interesting.
Written August 18, 2022
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ991 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
At a corner of the cathedral square, this is a church that is well worth a quick visit. As with many churches in south-eastern part of Sicily, the Baroque interior feels a bit understated, but it is still quite beautiful.
Written October 7, 2021
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