San Giuseppe dei Teatini Church

Palermo, Italy

San Giuseppe dei Teatini is considered one of the most outstanding examples of the Sicilian Baroque in Palermo.

The church was built at the beginning of the 17th century by Giacomo Besio, a Genoese member of the Theatines order. It has a majestic though simple façade. In the centre niche is housed a statue of San Gaetano, founder of the Theatines order. Another striking feature is the large dome with a blue and yellow majolica covering. The tambour decorated with double columns, and was designed by Giuseppe Mariani. The belfry tower was designed by Paolo Amato.

The interior has a Latin cross plan with a nave and two aisles, divided by marble columns of variable height. The inner decoration is an overwhelming parade of Baroque art, with stuccoes by Paolo Corso and Giuseppe Serpotta. Great frescoes can be seen in the nave, in the vault of the transept: these were painted by Filippo Tancredi, Guglielmo Borremans and Giuseppe Velasquez. The frescoes were severely damaged during World War II, but have been accurately restored. The most important piece of art is however a wood crucifix by Fra' Umile of Petralia.

The crypt houses remains of a former church, dedicated to Madonna of Providence.

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Founded: 1612-1677
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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G McGregor (8 months ago)
Beautiful Baroque Church. I hope they are using the entrance fee for cleaning and restoration. I'd love to see it fully cleaned and polished to its original state.
Alexandru Vaideanu (9 months ago)
One of the best churches in Palermo, really a must see. Very beautiful inside with intricate decorations and paintings, baroque style. You have to pay to enter, but really it's worth it.
Rizelle Angelique McDermott (10 months ago)
Such a beautiful church!!! Every corner is so breathtaking. One can stipend hours here.
Ewald Van Der Helm (12 months ago)
There are many churches in Palermo that are interesting. However, this is a spendid Church well worth visiting and paying the entrance fee.
pts pts (3 years ago)
Absolutely amazing do much decoration can be squeezed in an absolutely Pure Boroque style - into this Large Church! Absolutely a must see plsce if you visit this town
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