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Reviewed June 29, 2019 via mobile

A couple claimed they saw a statue of the Madonna crying and subsequently, a church was built on the site. Outside itbresembles a large tent but once inside, it has a peaceful aura. The crypts, side chapels, icons and tapestries are all worth investigating. The...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed June 28, 2019

I expected more from this. I thought I would be wowed by the architecture and atmosphere. I can appreciate the architecture but there was, for me, nothing church about it

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 14, 2019

Very interesting to see something new and the interior was so wide. A fresh insight to modern church life. The gardens have statues all around which where interesting features

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 20, 2019

Dicey story about Sicilian couple who claim that a statue of madonna shed tears so they built a church there. The architecture is beautiful and can be seen from quite a distance including from Ortigia. Interior equally beautiful. Stained glass not so.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 9, 2019

The sanctuary is worth a short visiting - modern building with garden, nice inside and outside. There was a collectible penny machine and also a great souvenir shop inside.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed March 18, 2019

We see this every day and use it as our homing spot when driving around the city! Inside there are many catacombs with wall art and we have been for a christening there also.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

A very interesting church. If staying in Ortigia it is a bit of a drive to get there and having been in Oritigia the area surrounding the church did not have the same "safe" feeling that all of Ortigia had..but we went during daylight and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

Unless you're seriously religious and into religious iconography (without also being into beautiful churches) it is just not worth the walk even to find the church. Inside the church is plain, concrete and rather dusty-smelling due to some crushed velvet curtains all around the altar....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

Visited the crypt and marvelled at the side chapels, mini-displays, tapestries and icons. Great insight into the miracle witnessed in 1953-4. External structure resembles Liverpool's RC cathedral, and centre-point of Jesus was very impressive. Time permitting, a visit to the site museum at ground level...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

There are mixed reviews about this place and we see why as the outside resembles a large concrete tent and might be considered overdone. It changes once inside though as we found it to be quite stunning and despite its enormous size it was contemplative....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from leedjjck | Reviewed this property |
The church is open during the day and yes, the Madonna statue is on the main altar for all worshippers and visitors to see. Just be respectable, since it is a functioning church.