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Oratorio di Santa Cita, Palermo

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#8 of 52 in Historic Sites in Palermo
Religious Site Historic Site
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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  • Not included in the classic tourist circuit of Palermo is worth absolutely. Serpotta's stucco leave open-mouthed. Not to be missed
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  • A magical atmosphere created by the candor and grace of the representations of the stucco, which makes the Oratory of Holy one cites one of the obligatory among the treasures of Palermo!
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  • I was very keen to visit the Oratoria di Santa Cita after watching the documentary series "Sicily Unpacked" where Art Historian, Andrew Graham-Dixon showed Italian Chef, Giorgio Locatelli here these s...  more »
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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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  • As you enter the Hall the surprise effect is such as to keep visitors literally stunned! Suggest you follow with particular attention the descriptions provided by the audioguide to fully capture the complexity of the design of decorative work and its main figures. Those who appreciate the value of silence and tranquillity will find it appropriate to make the visit in the early morning on weekends, in order to avoid, as much as elsewhere is cheerful and joyful, to pupils to cackling.
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