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“Damaged but beautiful” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oratorio di San Lorenzo

Oratorio di San Lorenzo
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US$152.50*
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Discover the Kalsa District in Palermo
Ranked #8 of 322 things to do in Palermo
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Newport, United Kingdom
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316 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 548 helpful votes
“Damaged but beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

Serpotta's cherubs are amazing - full of character and humour. As a previous reviewer comments, the substitute for Caravaggio's work is a bit of a let-down, but does let you get some sense of how impressive the original was before it's theft. As with the other churches in the city the marble work and stucco is intricate and beautifully carved. Get yourself down the street off of Pzz. Marina and have a gander, you won't be disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful despite the damage”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2013

This little chapel tucked away in a side street near the Piazza Marina is a real gem, containing marvellously intricate plasterwork, inlaid stonework and carving. Sadly, some of the figures from the smaller tableaux were stolen some years ago, as was the Caravaggio altarpiece, now substituted by a rather sad digital reproduction. Still well worth a visit though, and one of the few places you will find open if you attempt to go sightseeing on a Monday!

Visited March 2013
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Woodridge
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“Beautiful sculptures in Oratorio”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2012

My husband and I were delighted to see the white stuccoed three dimentional scultpures in this Oratorio. The cherub sculptures were humourous. Giacomo Serpotta was a fantastic sculptor. We were the only visitors at the time. It seems most tourists don't know about this place but it is well worth it to see it.

Visited October 2012
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Quebec City, Canada
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“Another baroque masterpiece”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

Sculptor Giacomo Serpotta at his best, with all those sculptures so expressive, they're almost alive. Worth a visit.

Visited October 2012
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Gent, België
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“The most beautiful oratorio in Palermo.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2012

Without any doubt the most beautiful of the 3 ! If you are lacking time I would advise only visiting this one. Although considerably damaged due to years of neglect it is still breathtakingly beautiful.
Sadly the painting by Carravagio was robbed in the 60 and still has not been recovered.

Visited October 2012
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