Santa Maria della Pietà Church

Palermo, Italy

The Church of Saint Mary of Pity (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pietà) is a Baroque church localted in the quarter of the Kalsa, within the historic centre of Palermo.

In 1495 the noble Francesco Abatellis, captain at the service of King Ferdinand II of Aragon, in the absence of heirs, staged the construction of a Benedictine monastery under the name of Santa Maria della Pietà. In 1526 the monastery was founded, but contrary to the wishes of Abatellis the new female community of nuns adopted the Dominican rule.

The construction of the current church started in 1678. The architectural project was produced by Giacomo Amato, architect of the near Santa Teresa alla Kalsa too. The exterior of the church was completed in 1684, but the work continued internally. In 1723 The church was consecrated by the bishop of Patti Pietro Galletti, brother of the abbess of Santa Maria della Pietà Vincenza Maria Galletti.

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Founded: 1678
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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2020a.C. Leufgen (13 months ago)
One of Palermo s great churches. We were allowed to wait outside for the bride and groom. Viva gli sposi September 2020
Lucia Russo (13 months ago)
A beautiful baroque church that can be visited for free.
Valerio Scibetta (13 months ago)
Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Small church with valuable stuccoes. Above the windows with gratings for the cloistered nuns. It deserves to be seen
Maria Grazia Pillitteri (14 months ago)
A corner of Paradise! I thank the Lord for allowing me to meet Father Giuseppe di Giovanni, a priest according to God's heart!
Mathijs Hoek (3 years ago)
Beautiful church, definitely worth a visit!
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