La Magione
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We visited this church on a warm morning in late August, which led us to look for the paths in the shade of the houses.
In Palermo, when it's hot and sunny, a monument of Arab-Norman architecture like this one seems to give its best. The "exotic" architectural forms (the intertwined arches of the apse, the elaborate portals and the pointed-arched windows of the facade) seem to be better in tune with the almost Middle Eastern weather. And the fact that, after the damage caused by the bombings of the Second World War, many subsequent architectural additions were removed from the inside, favors the perception of the original forms, therefore of a building that comes from a remote past.
Remote, but also essential for understanding the essence of Palermo.
In conclusion: obviously do not neglect the Duomo, Monreale, the Martorana and other illustrious buildings belonging to the Norman Palermo; but if you can visit this church too: an echo, on a smaller scale, of the great Norman cathedrals of Sicily.
Written 2 October 2020
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,420 contributions
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Nov 2022
"Basilica La Magione" (The Mansion Basilica), or "Basilica Collegiata della Santissima Trinità del Cancelliere" (Collegiate Basilica of the Holy Trinity of the Chancellor) is one of the oldest churches in Palermo. It was founded in 1191, and it is a splendid example of Arab-Norman architecture.

The entrance ticket includes the church itself, the cloister, the hall of Saint Cecilia, and the Oratory of the most holy Crucifix.

The church is fascinating in its Norman severity, and includes several pieces of art.
The cloister is a true island of piece, with the elegant and pointed arches resting on pairs of small columns with finely decorated capitals. There is a well in the center of the cloister, with an interesting curbstone with writings in Hebrew.
The hall of Saint Cecilia has several interesting art pieces, and the Oratory of the Crucifix is in Baroque style, with wall paintings in much need of restoration.
Written 3 December 2022
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Jazzumbo
Romania2,088 contributions
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Oct 2020
Can't understand why this magnificent church is not included in UNESCO heritage (”Norman Arab Palermo and the cathedrals of Cefalu and Monreale”)
Can't understand why the Byzantine influence on the above monuments is not even mentioned (although it is obvious, especially in the case of La Martorana church and Monreale Cathedral).
However, if you're interested in Norman Arab Byzantine monuments in Sicily, you should visit this church as well.
It is located in a picturesque neighborhood and has a lovely garden and a cloister.
Written 16 October 2020
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Harper W
Malpas, UK188 contributions
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Sept 2019
Hidden gem - we came across this beatiful church when out for an afternoon stroll. The cloister was open as part of an UNESCO celebration of Arab Norman culture in Palermo. In the church a wedding was being celebrated, and we enjoyed the music from the ceremony while sitting on a bench contemplating the tranquil cloister.
The church belonged to the Tuetonic Knights in the 12-13th century.
Written 13 October 2019
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Traveller298382
Bosham, UK134 contributions
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Oct 2019
La Magione has had as many names as it has had religious occupiers. The church is plain but the walk through the garden to the entrance is beautiful hence so many weddings take place here. Once inside time must be taken to ensure all the various aspects of all the buildings are taken in. The columns in the closters help explain Arab / Norman design as in the bigger cathedrals of Palermo.
From 1197 to 1492 the buildings were very important to the Teutonic Knights in Sicily.
Written 1 November 2019
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AnnyDirk
Zwalm, Belgium191 contributions
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Interesting norman romanesque building. Some call it a reduced version of the Duomo di Monreale but than without the mosaics. There are also some parts of the cloister that are still standing after the devastating bombings of the last war.
Written 19 October 2012
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Brian A
Titirangi, New Zealand41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
Spend some moments in Romanesque simplicity in this church in the centre of Palermo.
Written 30 June 2012
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Andrzej116
London, UK362 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Couples
High vaulted with a minimum of decoration within the church -though stark in comparison with most of the churches in Palermo it has beauty.You are given a small leaflet when paying your small entrance fee ( couple of euro max) - the church has been involved in much of the history of Palermo.A small cloister with some badly faded frescos - a little chapel in need of some TLC and a water well using the remains of Jewish tomb. Never did find the inscription " Allah is the greatest " within the window. They were preparing the church for Palm Sunday which added to a very interesting & absorbing visit.
Written 31 May 2019
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BIG_VINX
Milan, Italy3,469 contributions
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Nov 2015 • Friends
Beautiful! If you are interested in visiting the church for its historical value then you will not be disappointed. It really is marvelous.
Written 13 October 2016
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,873 contributions
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May 2016 • Couples
Basilica della Santissima Trinita, Basilica del Cancelliere, Basilica la Magione or just plain La Magione, so many elaborate names for such a simple church. The history of the church is a bit like ’pass the parcel’ and seems to have been at the whim of whoever was in power, determining who got to call it theirs. Built by craftsman and artists of Islamic origin, it may have been built incorporating a mosque which stood on the site. Work began in 1150 and was completed 1191, at this time it belonged to the Cistercians. Henry VI confiscated the church from the Cistercians and gave it to the Teutonic Knights, who built stables, dormitories and an armoury. In 1492 the Teutonic Knights were removed from Sicily on a request from Pope Innocent VIII. Around 1500 the church became a residence for priests and abbots. In 1780 it was passed to the House of Bourbon and they in turn gave it to the Constantinian Order of Saint George, their time ended with the unification of Italy in 1861. Part of the church and cloister were destroyed in the bombings of 1943.

Entry is through an arch to access the property. We never got to see inside as there was a mass on, when we arrived. We paid a small amount to enter the cloister, which was very quaint and off to the side was a small chapel in a sad state of decline.
Written 11 July 2016
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