Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo, Palermo

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Santa Maria dello Spasimo, or Lo Spasimo, is an unfinished Catholic church in the Kalsa neighborhood in Palermo, Sicily, on Via dello Spasimo.Construction of the church and accompanying monastery of the Olivetan Order began in 1509 with a papal bull from Julius II, on land bequeathed by Giacomo Basilicò, a lawyer and the widower of a rich noblewoman. The Spasimo or Swoon of the Virgin was a controversial idea in late medieval and Renaissance Catholic devotion. The church commissioned the painting by Raphael, Christ Falling on the Way to Calvary, or Lo Spasimo di Sicilia, as it is also known. This was completed in Rome in about 1514-165, but in 1622 the Spanish Viceroy of Naples twisted arms and obtained its sale to Philip IV of Spain, and it is now in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.The church was never completed because of the rising Turkish threat in 1535, where resources meant for the church were diverted to fortifications of the city against any possible incursions. Even in its unfinished states, Lo Spasimo shows the late Gothic style architecture that permeated building practices in Palermo at the time as well as the Spanish influence in the city.The church now hosts open air musical, theatrical and cultural events because of its lack of a roof.SourcesPenny, Nicholas, National Gallery Catalogues (new series): The Sixteenth Century Italian Paintings, Volume I, 2004, National Gallery Publications Ltd, Bellafiore, Giuseppe. Palermo: guida della città e dei dintorni. Palermo, 1990. (reprinted several times) De Seta, Cesare. Palermo città d'arte: Guida illustrata ai monumenti di Palermo e Monreale. Kalós. Palermo, 2009. (pp. 222–223) La Fisca, Anna Maria and Giovanni Palazzo. Santa Maria dello Spasimo. Edizioni Guida. Palermo, 1997.
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  • On the internet there was a timetable but turned all 16.45 everything was closed, we made it all the way around the building to see if there was another entrance na found nothing. Then a lady told us to play the music, we acuola he no open but were told they would no longer let anyone because they were now the 17.10 and soon they would have closed (the internet it says it closes at 18) perhaps a bit more clarity on How to get and timetables would be nice
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  • A beautiful romantic spot. You do not pay admission, homeless deserves many photographs. Sit on the steps in the apse and ... think about it.
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  • A spectacular Home Museum, rich in history. Suffice it to say that the nobility could from this Palace, attraversnadone other, enter directly into the Royal box of Max
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  • super suggestive church with no roof, the maximum expression of decadentism of palermo in my opinion, the church is surrended by a garden with other rests, just to let you know that the entrance is free!
  • A ruin which has so much history inside. For sure you know that a painting of Raphael should be in this place, but because it was finished in Madrid there you will find it
  • Beautiful. And free entry
  • Amazing 16th century architecture
  • A fascinating location to breath the real spirit of Palermo

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