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Oratorio di Santa Cita, Palermo

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The weathered exterior of Oratorio di Santa Cita belies the treasures found inside: Giacomo Serpotta's angels and cupids climb the window frames and floral gardens of the white stucco interior, peeking out at you from every angle. The oratory, built in the 17th century to entreat the Virgin Mary to aid in the resistance against Muslim Turks, also houses a stucco drapery representing the conflict's historic Battle of Lepanto. Looking up, you'll find realistic works representing the mysteries of the Rosary, while along the perimeter stand ebony pews inlaid with mother-of-pearl, where the confrati used to sit. Make Oratorio di Santa Cita a centerpiece of your Palermo vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Palermo family vacation planner.
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  • 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. ...  more »
  • 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 element...  more »
  • The place is well worth a visit. The bookshop has a good series of publications on Serpotta and the religious architecture of Palermo. Kinda disappointing the audioguide (included in the admission price) that could be implemented in content.
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  • Very beautiful and interesting. Tour the stucco chapel with a provided interactive tablet. With pictures and narratives, we can appreciate the background, the significant of art and history of the decoration.
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