Oratorio di Santa Cita, Palermo

4.6
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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  • Even if, like me, you are not a fan of stucco and Baroque, you have to see this oratorio, absolutely unbelievable. Look at the putti in detail, some meditent, hands crossed around the knees, others hide, play... The battle of Lepante, the details of the religious scenes, everything is incredible
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  • In these oratorios of the Holy Rosary I imagine that the inhabitants of the surroundings would go for a prayer so much loved as repetitive. And that they looked up to the graces and virtues represented, to angels and saints who in turn observe us. And the children who play, in the grace of the Lord. It is clear that the only reason why they are there is the grace of the Lord. Beautiful. To see also the oratory of S. Lorenzo, two steps away.
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  • Beautiful chapel with white relief sculpture on the walls with gold accents. The complex sculptures give an appearance of a painting with the dark shadows and bright highlights while maintaining an elegant and minimal feeling. The entry cost is 4€ or for 2€ more for added entry to the connected church a combined visit. If you have visited any other churches in palermo where you pay a fee, then save your ticket stub since they are part of the religious circuit and will save you 1€ per entry. Likewise if this is your first church, save the entry stub and you will receive a discounted entry in other churches.
  • Very interesting place to visit, I couldn't stop looking in all directions - the definition of a talented sculptor! The girls selling the tickets were really nice and the audio tour was great! If you in Palermo, this is a must see place
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