Santissimo Salvatore Church

Palermo, Italy

The Church of Most Holy Saviour (Santissimo Salvatore) was built starting in 1682 in the area of an ancient female Basilian monastery founded by Robert Guiscard in 1072. The building was designed by the architect Paolo Amato, but also Giacomo Amato and Angelo Italia were involved in the construction.

It was said that Constance, Queen of Sicily (1154-1198) had been confined to the church as a nun since childhood due to the prediction that 'her marriage would destroy Sicily' before 30 when she was eventually engaged for political reason.



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Founded: 1682
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Kuala Bound (16 months ago)
Terrace around the dome is not yet open.
Marcus Hurley (2 years ago)
There was a church just round the corner - Chiese del SS Salvatore - that looked interesting. We paid our €2.50 and walked in to a 3D baroque extravaganza. It was nicer than the normal catholic baroque as the colours were a lot more muted, mostly whites and greys, so the designs really stood out. We also went round the corner for the cupola tour but I did that solo as Deb hates spiral staircases. I was fine climbing the stairs until I reached the spiral part - a wrought iron floating staircase that you could see right through just before it collapsed and you plumetted to your death. It was a real effort of will to climb but I am so glad I did as you could see the roof of the dome and all the timber supports for the tower as well as views over the city. Well worth an extra €2.50.
Huykyung “Grace” Byun (2 years ago)
1071-The first building of the church with the Basilian monastery of cloistered nuns was founded by Robert Guiscard in Norman times. Today nothing remains of the ancient monastery, almost completely bombed in 1943, the remains were incorporated in a modern building which now houses a school. Fresco in the dome with The apotheosis of St. Basilio, frescoes in the enterance hall depicting The preaching of St.Basilio(right wall), Healing of the sick child(left wall), frescoes of the four virtues Fortitude, Prudence, Temperance and Justice in the vault of the vestibule built around 1763 by Vito D’Anna.
Steve gunter (3 years ago)
This church is beautiful inside but the real beauty and surprise lies if you walk down the side of the church and pay the 2.50 euros to take a walk to the summit of the dome. Stunning views of Palermo for what is a very small price. Be aware though you do need to go up a free standing set of metal see through spiral staircases so not for the people with vertigo. But once you get to the top there are stunning 360 degree views of Palermo so make the effort if you can.
gnldesantis (4 years ago)
Now the church is an auditorium, and although having fallen into disgrace and decline after Italy was united (as several other places across southern Italy), it still keep a strong pure beauty. Don't miss it. Also, the guides are so knowledgeable, kind and passionate that will make you love the place even beyond its objective brilliance.
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