Oratorio di Santa Cita, Palermo

4.7
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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  • The Oratory of Santa Cita is one of those places that really makes you appreciate art. It's absolutely worth it. Visit her, I went and I'm glad I did Silvia
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  • The three Baroque oratories performed by this artist are worth a visit; in each of you can appreciate an evolution in your art.
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  • Utterly beautiful, almost no one there. Nearly unknown to tourists. In my view, a supreme masterpiece: beyond worth the price of admission - worth the plane ticket! Serpotta's decorative scheme really isn't decoration at all. The visual program, kind of a rococo Sistine Chapel in stucco with marble dust mixed in to add lustre, subtly interrogates war and masculinity. The two boys at back, a pair of monelli, "ragamuffins," from the streets of Palermo, stand for the two sides in the Battle of Lepanto (1571, Holy League v. Ottoman Turks) - clash of empires as a street tussle? In any case, pure genius.
  • 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.
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