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  • 1 Church of the Carmel of Palermo

    Religious buildings

    Via Porta-S.-Agata I - 90134 Palermo

    The little square in front of the church is invaded every day by the crowd at Ballarò market. Standing back a little, you will have a better view of the maiolica dome supported by four telamons. Inside, you can admire two sumptuous altars that enclos..

  • 2 La Kalsa

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Porta dei Greci I - 90134 Palermo

    The district developed under Arab rule, around the citadel of the emir. It retains its Arabic name "al halisah", meaning "the chosen one, the pure one", and its oriental atmosphere, emphasised by its Arab-Norman monuments. Centred..

  • 3 Church of Saint Mary of the Angels

    Religious buildings

    Via Alloro 4 I - 90133 Palermo

    Saint Mary of the Angels has retained only the square shape and regular conches of its original features. The interior is in the 16C Baroque style. You will notice in particular the painted wooden ceiling, the beautiful organ case and the marble thro..

  • 4 Santa Maria dello Spasimo

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via dello Spasimo I - 90133 Palermo

    The church and convent make up a complex built in 1506 within the very walls of the Kalsa at the request of Giacomo Basilico. But the Turkish threat transformed it into a fortress and the convent was never used for religious purposes! After a chequer..

  • 5 La Magione

    Religious buildings

    Via Magione 44 I - 90133 Palermo

    This little Roman church was founded in the 12C by Matteo d'Ajello, a noted figure at the service of the Norman kings. In 1197, Henry IV gave it to the order of the Teutonic Knights. It is particularly remarkable for its beautiful projecting façade, ..

  • 6 Piazza della Rivoluzione

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza della Rivoluzione I - 90133 Palermo

    This little square certainly has its charm... and history! It was in fact the starting point for the revolt against the Bourbons in 1848. It has a fountain in the middle, depicting the Genie of Palermo, the symbol of the city.

  • 7 Piazza Marina

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Marina I - 90133 Palermo

    Piazza Marina is the centre of the medieval city. It is the site of the Garibaldi Garden, where amazing ficus magnolioides grow, with thick aerial roots as big as tree trunks. Around the square, there are some fine palaces: Palazzo Galetti, Palazzo N..

  • 8 La Cala

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via della Cala I - 90133 Palermo

    The cala was the former port of the city. It was defended by the Castellammare fortress, built by the Moors. The fort was transformed and became a prison as well as a private residence! But this imposing building was damaged in 1922 by the extension ..

  • 9 San Domenico Church of Palermo

    Religious buildings

    Via Bambinai 18 I - 90133 Palermo

    The construction of the church began in the 17C and was only completed a century later. Its Baroque façade is majestic and the interior offers an impressive sense of space. Don't forget to admire the work of the artists who created the marquetry in s..

  • 10 Sant'Agostino's church of Palermo

    Religious buildings

    Via S. - Agostino I - 90134 Palermo

    The church was built in the 13C at the request of the powerful Chiaramonte and Sclàfani families. The very beautiful façade is remarkable for its great door, with two-colour geometric and floral motifs. The interior was altered during the Baroque per..

  • 11 Sant'Ignazio all'Olivella

    Religious buildings

    Piazza dell'Olivella 1 I - 90133 Palermo

    The church is a fine Baroque building dating from the end of the 16C. Legend has it that it was built on the site of the villa that belonged to Saint Rosalie's family. Two bell towers lighten the façade. Inside, you can not fail to miss the flamboyan..

  • 12 Palermo New City

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via della Liberta I - 90139 Palermo

    The 19C was a period of economic prosperity for Palermo, which opened up to international trade. With this boom, a large middle class was created, which was concerned to leave its mark. Sumptuous homes, wide, straight avenues and huge theatres appear..

  • 13 Villa Trabia

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Salinas I - 90141 Palermo

    This villa was built in the 18C but only a century later was it to become the property of the Prince of Trabia and Butera. The architecture was altered at the end of the 19C, but a monumental staircase still remains at entrance. The villa today house..

  • 14 The Falcone tree

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Notarbartolo 23 I - 90141 Palermo

    The tree stands in front of the house that belonged to Giovanni Falcone, the judge assassinated by the Mafia in 1992. Since then, all sorts of messages, photos and other little tributes have been attached to it, turning this tree into a veritable pla..

  • 15 Branciforte Palace

    Museums and art

    Via Bara all’Olivella 2 I - 90139 Palermo

    The Banca di SiciliaFoundation purchased and renovated the 16C Branciforte Palace to showcase its collections of coins, majolica, stamps and sculpture (19-20C), in addition to a staggering quantity of Greek vases found during digs in Selinunte, inclu..

  • 16 Ponte dell'Ammiraglio

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso dei Mille I - 90123 Palermo

    The bridge was built in the 13C over the Oreto, by order of Admiral George of Antioch. Since then, the river has been diverted.

  • 17 Santo Spirito (Chiesa dei Vespri)

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Sant'Orsola I - 90127 Palermo

    The church was built in 1178 under the reign of Roger II, but it truly entered the history books on 31st March 1282, when the revolt broke out that marked the start of the War of the Vespers, which saw the end of French domination in Sicily. The faça..

  • 18 Santuario di Santa Maria di Gesù

    Religious buildings

    Via S.- Maria-di-Gesù I - 90124 Palermo

    The sanctuary was founded in 1426 on the slopes of Mount Grifone. You can get there through the cemetery, where you will find several beautiful 19C Patrician tombs. The main entrance has a marble architrave and uprights, decorated with bas-reliefs. T..

  • 19 Albergo delle Povere

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Calatafimi 217 I - 90129 Palermo

    In the 18C, the hospice provided shelter for the city's poor, them was reserved for women, who set up a weaving workshop there. It now houses exhibitions and conferences. It has a cloister on each side, overlooking a communal courtyard, which is domi..

  • 20 Musée ethnographique Pitré

    Museums and art

    Viale Duca degli Abruzzi I - 90146 Palermo

    The museum reflects peasant life, its habits and customs, through collections of tools, everyday objects and reconstructions of homes. The lower rooms exhibit some very beautiful Sicilian carts, decorated with painted panels, incrustations and ironwo..

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