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Oratorio di Santa Cita

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Address: Via Valverde 3, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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+39 091 332779
09:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:00

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Admission 4 Euros, well worth the price. The interior was beautiful, the inlaid mother of pearl benches were work of arts on its own. We went on a Monday morning and was not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Admission 4 Euros, well worth the price. The interior was beautiful, the inlaid mother of pearl benches were work of arts on its own. We went on a Monday morning and was not crowded at all.

Thank FYL003
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For some reason we had a hard time finding this church which looks like nothing from the outside but in the end it was worth the time and effort. It is absolutely unique and each panel tells a story. We were there on our own but it would have been nice to have a guide to explain at least some... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Breathtaking – I never thought I would say that about Baroque stucco sculpture, but to see the Oratorio at St. Cita in Palermo is truly, well, breathtaking. All is white, save for a few bronze elements: a lute, a sword, a lamb, a leave… Putti everywhere, babies with wings in adorable poses, with wonderful facial expressions, all created by Giacamo... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

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.

Thank Tatty239
New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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 

Thank Anna and Michae... C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 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'.

Thank LarsLyn
Denver, Colorado
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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.

Thank Frances C
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.

Thank Scarlet51
Yomitan-son, Japan
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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 

Thank Tony D
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

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

Thank vdkmownyc

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