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. Plan your Oratorio di Santa Cita visit and explore what else you can see and do in Palermo using our Palermo trip itinerary site .
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  • It's tricky to find so use Google maps and trip advisor but it's stunning. Costs 4 euros or another 2 to go to oratorio a few minutes walk. It's a gem!  more »
  • Sublime work of the Serpotta! The whites have turned gray from dust! We would need a ladder and a pack of SWIFFER to clean them! And the vestibular ... poor chandelier drops. The Association that governs the site is formed by young volunteer, kind, caring,, but they can't do anything.
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  • We toured this oratorio thanks to the accompaniment of an association "the genius of Palermo" through its volunteers made us discover these unique places. I recommend everyone to not lose the works of the Serpotta, visiting over this, even oratorio del Rosario nearby and the chapel of the Rosary in the Church of San Mamiliano
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  • We visited the two oratories of San Domenico and Santa Cita and were spellbound by their beauty. The excellent audioguides were a great help in understanding what we were looking at. Stupendous, breathtaking art.
  • I saw this on BBCs Sicily Unpacked in 2012, and looked incredible. To actually be there is mind blowing - spectacular - I'm lost for words. Thank you Andrew Graham-Dixon for sharing this with us. You must go and see it for yourself.
  • beautiful oratorio famous for white stucchi made by Serpotta. the ticket costs 4€ for the single location but with 6€ ticket you can also visit 2 other churches.
  • Outstanding stuccowork interior by Giacomo Serpotta.
  • Perhaps the finest example of stuccoes by Giacomo Serpotta.
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