Oratorio del Rosario di San Domenico, Palermo

#26 of 126 in Historic Sites in Palermo
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
The Oratory of the Rosary of Saint Dominic is a Baroque oratory of Palermo. It is located near the Church of Saint Dominic, in the quarter of the Loggia, within the historic centre of Palermo.
The oratory was founded in 1574. In the early 18th century Giacomo Serpotta realized a somptuous stucco decoration. Moreover, the oratory is decorated with several paintings of important artists like Matthias Stom, Guglielmo Borremans, Geronimo Gerardi, Pietro Novelli, Valerio Castello and Luca Giordano. However, the most precious artwork of the building is represented by the altarpiece of Anthony van Dyck, depicting the Madonna of the Rosary with the saints Dominic, Catherine of Siena, Vincent Ferrer, Olivia, Nympha, Agatha, Christina and Rosalia. The painting was commissioned to Van Dyck during the period of the 1624 plague.
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  • We wouldn't have visited this Oratorio which you will find behind the Church of San Domenico if we hadn't visited Santa Cita Oratorio beforehand and been advised to do so and we are glad that we did.....  more »
  • Beautiful oratorio. Not as simple as Santa Cita one, very baroque but exquisite. If you buy one of them you get discount to the other one and some few another.  more »
  • Oratorio is beautiful, but I can't understand what's wrong with palermitans: today this Oratorio is free but I pay for two Oratorio 5 euro
  • Inserted in the tourist circuit of the treasures is a small oratory but so rich in art that you lose a lot of time in the admiration of the statues and masterpieces present inside. Here are the works of Giacomo Serpotta that in 700 was commissioned to embellish and enrich the walls of the oratory. Thus he created niches in which he laid his statues that represent patience, peace, justice, fortitude, etc. All surrounded by beautiful angels that seem to fly around the statues really of enchanting workmanship. The veils and clothes that wear the statues look as real as the faces and the animals. Here You can also admire the classic lizard that was usually affixed as a signature the Serpotta as in Sicilano Serpotta means small snake and then "Sirstink". Hence the lizard. A very unique Place to contemplate in all its beauty even with the help of the telematics guide that will make you understand also the history and the sense of this magnificent place. To try at least once in your life ???
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