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Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo

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Neighbourhood: Tribunali
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Address: Via dello Spasimo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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+39 091 617 1658

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inspiring building

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... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2016
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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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 like ruins, but beautiful and safe to walk in. The church is open for all... More 

Thank Cambridge77
London, United Kingdom
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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 a concert outside or a cool jazz band in the jazz club in the main... More 

Thank sunclock
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5 reviews
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
New Haven, Connecticut
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 dumping ground, filled with a mountain of trash 20 feet high. It has been restored... More 

Syracuse, Italy
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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 etc). Peaceful place full of energy and spirit. The stunning architecture will overwhelm you if... More 

1 Thank Matteo R
Milan, Italy
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242 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016

This used to be a church, it is now an empty building that shows all the architectural styles that went through it.

Thank giorgiod486
Bologna, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2015

Liked the gothic architecture and the stylish refurbishing: ideal remaking of a ruin into a 21st century concert venue. The atmosphere reminded me of Melrose Abbey in Scotland

Thank rob42015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 729 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2014

The history of the church, and accounting for its roofless state, is fascinating. Money destined to complete it was instead diverted to fight the 1530s Turkish threat. It is unique and a symbol of the regeneration of the Kalsa area. It was lovely walking around it and seeing how close it was to completion. Much of the stonework is attractive.... More 

Thank permia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2014

Visited in October 2013 and found it enchanting. Contrary to much opinion, including some in these reviews, the Allies did not destroy this church at the end of WW II. We inquired of locals, and what they told us is verified in Wikipedia. The church was never completed."because of the rising Turkish threat in 1535,where resources meant for the church... More 

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Baden, Switzerland
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211 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2013

Interesting and beautiful unfinished church (no roof). Use to be a an hospital and now is a open air event venue, nice setting and location. The guardian is a smart and expert and always happy to help!

Thank Madmartigand

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