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Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo

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The church with no ceiling!

Built in 1503, this church is missing its ceiling, but that only seems to add to its loveliness... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
Magical atmosphere

A truely magical experience.. there’s something special about this place ..an aura of peace and... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Via Dello Spasimo 13, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 617 1658
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

Built in 1503, this church is missing its ceiling, but that only seems to add to its loveliness. Slowly being restored after da age and service as both a hospital and a convent, you will be impressed by the flying buttresses along one side. The...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

A truely magical experience.. there’s something special about this place ..an aura of peace and tranquility.. the whole building oozes spirituality.... highly recommended!

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

the ruin of an amazing gothic church with an big three in the middle and withouth the roof...really unique

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

This partially ruined church (no roof) has gone through many uses in the course of its existence. Now, it is the home of the local jazz school and often hosts concerts in what used to be the main nave of he church attached to a...More

1  Thank canadiancraftsman
Reviewed 1 October 2017

This is a must if you come to Palermo. Not everybody has the time to explore this jem, but if you visit it during a sunny day I promise you a breathtaking experience and lovely pictures. The area is very "sicilian" in the good sense,...More

Thank marziaraimondo
Reviewed 23 November 2016

This church and surrounding building are out of the "tourist circuit" and it is worth a visit. Its history of being a place to support vulnerable people and its gothic architecture inspire awe. The church was never completely finished so has no roof and looks...More

1  Thank Cambridge77
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I would take a quick look at this place in the early evening, the main entrance is normally open for people to walk in and take a look, it's well lit and you might just be lucky enough to be there the same time as...More

Thank sunclock
Reviewed 12 June 2016

I highly recommend this site for a visit in the late afternoon with the shades and the calmness it becomes magic

Thank Massimiliano C
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Ruins of a 16th c. church in the Kalsa, the old Arab quarter of Palermo. For many years it served as a refuge and a hospice for destitute, suffering women, mainly prostitutes. Before it was given a new lease on life, it had become a...More

Reviewed 26 February 2016

Free entrance, friendly custodians who give a little tour. A former church of the adjacent former hospital (hence the name "spasimo" means spasm) now housing a jazz music school. Now in ruins, but still highly attractive. Great architecture, peaceful place (ask for concerts, theater performances...More

1  Thank Matteo R
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