Oratory of San Lorenzo

Palermo, Italy

The Oratory of Saint Lawrence was founded in the late 16th century. The building was given to the Conventual Franciscans in order to spread the cult of the saints Francis and Lawrence. In 1699 Giacomo Serpotta realized a sumptuous stucco decoration.

The oratory is particularly famous because of the masterpiece altarpiece Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence (1600 or 1609) by Caravaggio. This important painting was stolen, probably by Cosa Nostra, on October 18, 1969. In 2015 a hi-tech replica of the altarpiece was placed inside the oratory.

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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Peter Dongelmans (16 months ago)
Very beautiful
Salvatore Giordano (3 years ago)
Recommended for visit
DAVID SNYDER (4 years ago)
Nice stuccowork by Procopio Serpotta.
Douglas Koster (4 years ago)
A real gem. The beautifully restored all white oratorium is decorered with angels and other figured all over.
menier stephane (5 years ago)
Extraordinary! Really fantastic! All those cute angels, playing together... Really funny! just all white with some touch of gold! Amazing!
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