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Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo

Via Dello Spasimo 13, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 617 1658
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RAther hidden away, it is quite impressive. Serene and calm location in the centre of the city.

This partially ruined church (no roof) has gone through many uses in the course of its existence... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
London, Canada
how can anybody dislike here?

This is a must if you come to Palermo. Not everybody has the time to explore this jem, but if you... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2017
Palermo, Italy
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Via Dello Spasimo 13, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 617 1658

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

This partially ruined church (no roof) has gone through many uses in the course of its existence. Now, it is the home of the local jazz school and often hosts concerts in what used to be the main nave of he church attached to a...More

Thank canadiancraftsman
Reviewed 1 October 2017

This is a must if you come to Palermo. Not everybody has the time to explore this jem, but if you visit it during a sunny day I promise you a breathtaking experience and lovely pictures. The area is very "sicilian" in the good sense,...More

Thank marziaraimondo
Reviewed 23 November 2016

This church and surrounding building are out of the "tourist circuit" and it is worth a visit. Its history of being a place to support vulnerable people and its gothic architecture inspire awe. The church was never completely finished so has no roof and looks...More

1  Thank Cambridge77
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I would take a quick look at this place in the early evening, the main entrance is normally open for people to walk in and take a look, it's well lit and you might just be lucky enough to be there the same time as...More

Thank sunclock
Reviewed 12 June 2016

I highly recommend this site for a visit in the late afternoon with the shades and the calmness it becomes magic

Thank Massimiliano C
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Ruins of a 16th c. church in the Kalsa, the old Arab quarter of Palermo. For many years it served as a refuge and a hospice for destitute, suffering women, mainly prostitutes. Before it was given a new lease on life, it had become a...More

Reviewed 26 February 2016

Free entrance, friendly custodians who give a little tour. A former church of the adjacent former hospital (hence the name "spasimo" means spasm) now housing a jazz music school. Now in ruins, but still highly attractive. Great architecture, peaceful place (ask for concerts, theater performances...More

1  Thank Matteo R
Reviewed 2 January 2016

This used to be a church, it is now an empty building that shows all the architectural styles that went through it.

Thank giorgiod486
Reviewed 12 April 2015

Liked the gothic architecture and the stylish refurbishing: ideal remaking of a ruin into a 21st century concert venue. The atmosphere reminded me of Melrose Abbey in Scotland

Thank rob42015
Reviewed 12 December 2014

The history of the church, and accounting for its roofless state, is fascinating. Money destined to complete it was instead diverted to fight the 1530s Turkish threat. It is unique and a symbol of the regeneration of the Kalsa area. It was lovely walking around...More

Thank permia
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