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Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia

96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Beauty and importance

This small and lovely church is very important since it's built on a place where it's believed St... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Aleksandar S
Belgrade, Serbia
via mobile

One would think the Catholic Church has enough money but still they charge admission. I guess you... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2017
Hoboken, New Jersey
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96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This small and lovely church is very important since it's built on a place where it's believed St Lucia died and was burried. Also, it houses picture of Death of St Lucia, made by Caravaggio, very famous and genius artist. No photography is allowed inside...More

2  Thank Aleksandar S
Reviewed 4 August 2017

One would think the Catholic Church has enough money but still they charge admission. I guess you are paying to see the paintings by Caravaggio.

Thank ldtc2
Reviewed 23 June 2017

If you like to see paintings by Caravaggio, his portrayal of the death of Santa Lucia is here. A vary large canvas, most of which is black and showing signs of having been done in a hurry, does not show well in the dim light...More

Thank rondi3
Reviewed 25 May 2017

as a fan of daniel silva the writer i enjoyed the chance to see a carravaggio piece of art here. burial of st lucy and description worth the description, has an element to link to odern life. the start of the painters career was here...More

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Free entrance to this church is a bonus. Just a few yards from the Cathedral, this church lacks the fine exterior detail of the Cathedral, but it is a rewarding experience to escape the heat and enjoy one of the great Italian paintings. To appreciate...More

Thank Mike T
Reviewed 26 April 2017

As there is no entry free to this church, it is very easy to see Caravaggio's Burial of St. Lucy here even though it is not as spectacular as I thought. Neverthless, the church is located in the center of Ortigia, so it is very...More

Thank pajulankustaa
Reviewed 21 April 2017

With everything to see that surrounds and really overwhelms it in the piazza, the Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia can easily be overlooked. Me being a Caravaggio fan, we ventured into the church on our second day in Ortigia. You cannot take photos but...More

1  Thank Abbeyjackson
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Visited the church for the Caravaggio painting...not one of his more impressive works. Rest of the church is nice, but nothing to wow.

1  Thank rustycat83
Reviewed 23 November 2016

He stages living tableaux of Caravaggio paintings, and other work (one had been seen by the Pope!) and was happy to show us photos with examples of his work. Church was almost empty when we went, so could admire Santa Lucia painting easily. A few...More

2  Thank zchug
Reviewed 26 October 2016

So disappointing to travel all the way from the UK to this church only to find it closed on a Tuesday, despite notices saying it was closed only on Mondays.

1  Thank jan g
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13 February 2017|
Response from Paula M | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. The church is basically being used as a museum. You can go to mass right next door at the Cathedral.
15 June 2015|
Response from RACHEL A |
I was just in Syracuse, and this church is open from 11-4, Tuesday - Sunday. I know this because I got there at 4 on Sunday ... just as they were closing the doors!