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Oratorio di Santa Cita

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Address: Via Valverde 3, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Serpotta Stuccos

Absolutely mind-blowing when you walk into the oratory. Could have sat for hours just looking at the figures and stories recounting the battle of Lepanto. Serpotta's skill as a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely mind-blowing when you walk into the oratory. Could have sat for hours just looking at the figures and stories recounting the battle of Lepanto. Serpotta's skill as a sculptor was phenomenal. His cherubs are gorgeous, chubby life-like babies with different expressions as they look down on the other figures in the stories.

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New Delhi, India
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We came to see the amazing art of Giacomo Serpotta, a superstar of Sicilian Baroque sculpture. The sculpture completely covering the inner area of the sanctuary is crafted with amazing detail and beauty. It is hard to believe that the precision in this work was achieved with stucco. The work was left in white which makes viewing very dependent on... More 

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Aalborg
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136 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

I have never seen anything like this before. Baroque sculptures all over the capella made in fantastic stucco. Engels, lovely fat 'babies', stories from the Bible etc. And it is all held in complete white. Really a 'must see'.

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Thank LarsLyn
Denver, Colorado
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This a small chapel distinguished by stucco sculptures on every wall. The putti and statues of women who look as though they might have been French court ladies are astonishing. Worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

You enter through a dull looking door and are soon amazed at the interior. Palermo is packed with fantastic churches and this is one of the most stunning.

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Yomitan-son, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The exterior & most of the church's interior are not worth the stop, but the main altar and one small chapel should make it worth your wild. The main altar has a large white marble relief sculpture which is really nice but the main reason to stop is the ornate marbled inlaid side chapel. Very impressive and outshines some of... More 

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Thank Tony D
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Amazing stucco work. It's like being inside a huge meringue cake. The craftsmanship is unbelievable.

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Dublin
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I saw this wonderful oratory with its fabulous stucco work in a BBC documentary programme about Sicily and, because I was so impressed, I was determined to see it. The Via Valverde is a narrow street of rundown buildings off the Via Roma and it is very easy to miss the entrance to the oratory, which faces away from you.... More 

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Province of Palermo, Italy
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110 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This oratory is a must for those visitors who want to see beautiful maserworks of Serpotta and understand the Baroque glories of Palermo during the Spanish centuries.

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

We had to check out this marvelous place after watching a documentary video on the area. The entire room comes alive in a 3D style setting, with majestuous and magnificent stories told within a white marble (I think) design.

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