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Oratorio di San Lorenzo

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Address: Via Immacolatella 5, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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+39 091 611 8168
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Being in the Oratorio di San Lorenzo and gazing around is like being a part of a sculpture. The figures become alive when you start giving them attention. The floor is not to be... read more

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being in the Oratorio di San Lorenzo and gazing around is like being a part of a sculpture. The figures become alive when you start giving them attention. The floor is not to be forgotten. It is recommended to use the audio guide which is included in the price. And to stop for a while in the garden and hear... More 

Thank mariannafridjons
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This glorious space with stucco decoration was filled with the scent of freesias as it was decorated with flowers for a wedding on a Saturday afternoon. One of the many highlights of Palermo.

Thank Ruth C
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69 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

The stucco work by Serpota is superb. Shame that so much of it has been stolen, along with the Caravaggio.

Thank Alan B
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

The view and the opulence of barokko sculptures were absolutely unexpected. A hidden Palermo gem and great piece of Sicilian barokko

Thank ingvar
Breda NL
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55 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Well worth a visit. The whole Oratorio is carved and decorated with a great sense of perspective. When you pull aside the curtain and walk in, it's definitely a "wow" moment!

1 Thank LyonTiger1
Brighton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Another mind-blowing set of Serpotta stuccos and a Caravaggio painting, albeit a copy as the original was stolen by the Mafia in the 60s. Excellent guide who gives a comprehensive explanation on all things Serpotta (there are two other oratories nearby with his sculptures) and also about Caravaggio during his stay in Sicily. For all art lovers, this is a... More 

1 Thank Tatty239
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93 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This quiet and undervisited oratorio is remarkable for its completely over the top plasterwork covering every square inch. Nothing outside prepares you for the interior and the quality of the work puts it at the very highest level. There is at least one other oratorio in Palermo and both are stupendous.

Thank BudapestDavidandKim
London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Right down the street from Santa Cita. You will pass one of the famous murals, la Vucciria di Renato Guttuso on your way there. San Lorenzo is also a Baroque master work by Giacomo Serpotta, as is Santa Cita. The painting for the alter piece was painted by Caravaggio and stolen in 1969. The sculpture works by Serpotta have a... More 

Thank Anna and Michae... C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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44 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

It s a very pity that the original Caravaggio is destroyed. But also with the reproduction of the original painting the Oratorio is a jewel in Palermo. Go and visit it!

1 Thank DirkVermeulen_13
Alton, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

This oratorio is rated as one of the best, we enjoyed the humour in the work but sadly had too many of the figures removed. Note Santa citi oratorio is more complete and well presented.

Thank Bruno1300

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