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“Baroque finery” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chiesa del Gesu

Chiesa del Gesu
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Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo
Ranked #3 of 321 things to do in Palermo
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Newport, United Kingdom
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“Baroque finery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Palermo has a great many churches that seem quite modest and restrained from the outside yet absolutely burst with decoration internally. This is so true of Chiesa del Gessu. The marble work inside is jaw-dropping. The work that went into the decoration is astounding. It is well maintained and unlike a few of the churches it does offer a concise pamphlet with useful information. It is all too possible to get lost in the detail and I must admit I got a crick in my neck from the time spent tracing the finery with my eyes! Entry here was €2 at the time of our visit.

Visited June 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

This baroque church has a relatively modest facade and is hidden in a backstreet downtown Palermo. The contrast to the church's shining interior could hardly be bigger. Perhaps the interior is overdone, but one is certainly impressed. The light marble and paintings are illuminated by sunshine from windows high above creating an unusual bright or elevated sensation. Along with the exterior of the cathedral nearby, the interior of this church is a top attraction in Palermo.

Visited April 2013
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“Most amazing marble carvings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

When one enters this church one's jaw drops. It is breath-takingly beautiful. The thousands of carved pieces on every surface is like nothing I have ever seen before. I could have sat there for hours but unfortunately we only had ten minutes before it closed (check opening times). It has to be at least an hour's worth of just taking it all in.

Visited May 2013
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“You can't miss this one.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

You just can't miss seeing this work of art. Well kept, well explained with a concise leaflet. Entry was 2 Euro.

Visited May 2013
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“The baoque dream”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Church of the Gesu, also known as "Casa Professa", is one of the most important Baroque churches in Palermo, Italy. When I walked in (and though I've been travelling almost all over Europe and seen also some other churches in Italy, and even in Palermo), I had to hold my breath! Words fall short to describe a dream made of marble.
Location: Piazza Casa Professa n.21. Opening: working days, 08.00-11.30/17.00-18.30.

Visited April 2013
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