Santa Ninfa dei Crociferi Church

Palermo, Italy

Santa Ninfa dei Crociferi – dedicated to one of the patron saints of Palermo – is one of the first buildings erected after the opening of Via Maqueda, the second most important street of the city. The construction of the church began on in 1601. The construction was fostered by the Palermo Senate and financed with donations from several noble families of the city.

The original project was probably prepared in Rome. In Palermo many architects were involved in the construction: Giovanni Macolino, Giacomo Amato, Giuseppe Clemente Mariani, Ferdinando Lombardo and Giuseppe Venanzio Marvuglia. The church was open in 1660, but because of financial difficulties, the construction was completed only in 1750 with the conclusion of the façade designed by Ferdinando Lombardo. The church houses many artworks of important artists.

Some relics of Saint Camillus are held in the church. Sir John Acton was buried here after his death in 1811.



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Founded: 1601
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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mauro ballotta (8 months ago)
Chiesa di Santa Ninfa ai Crociferi. Dedicata a Santa Ninfa una delle quattro Sante protettrici di Palermo, la devozione verso queste eroine della fede è scomparita del tutto. Oggi quasi nessuno ne è a conoscenza e tuttavia i nostri antenati concittadini riponevano su di esse le speranze di buone annate, la salvezza da pesti e pestilenze e ne impetravano grazie. Santa Ninfa è nata a Palermo al tempo di Costantino. Gli abitanti del luogo, durante un periodo di siccità, pregarono la santa di intercedere presso Dio affinché piovesse. Si verificò il tanto desiderato miracolo e i fedeli cominciarono a venerarla come una santa. Il suo capo, custodito nella chiesa di Santa Maria in Monticelli a Roma fin dal 1098, fu traslato nella Cattedrale di Palermo nel 1593 e posto sotto un altare.
Gary J. Kirkpatrick (2 years ago)
Excellent stucco sculptures
DAVID SNYDER (4 years ago)
A handful of interesting artworks in this somewhat unimpressive church.
Danko (5 years ago)
Historical place
Kate Bae (5 years ago)
Beautiful! Mixture of different architectural influence and so many angels. 2 euro per person to enter.
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