Sant'Orsola Church

Palermo, Italy

Sant'Orsola Church was built for the 'Compagnia di Sant'Orsola' (Brotherhood of Saint Ursula), a group of believers which was founded in 1564 in the neighbouring church of Santi Quaranta Martiri Pisani al Casalotto.

The church was open to the public in 1662. The nave, and maybe the entire building, was designed by Giacomo Amato. In 1672 a beautification work started. During this period the building was decorated with stuccos and paintings. In the following century another beautification work was made. As a result of these actions, the church houses several artworks of important Sicilian artists.



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Founded: 1662
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Valeria Perricone (3 years ago)
Suggestive, I went exclusively to the stuccoes of Serpotta, but also the paintings deserve
Claudio Marino (3 years ago)
The Church of Sant'Orsola dei Negri is a small jewel of Palermo's Baroque, dating back to the early decades of the 17th century. It is a unique religious building, sumptuously decorated by Giacomo Serpotta with stuccos that represent a detailed repertoire linked to the theme of death, including skeletons and bones. The construction of the Church is due to the Compagnia di Sant'Orsola, which was occupied at that time with the burial of the deceased in the neighborhood. For this reason it is called "dei Negri" precisely from the color of the robes of the brothers. The interior of the Church is rich in precious decorative elements, including paintings depicting Saints Lucy, Cristina, Agata, Ninfa, Oliva and Rosalia in the side chapels, the large fresco representing the Glory of Saint Ursula on the roof and the motifs that narrate episodes of the life of Saint Ursula. Among the big names, Pietro Novelli, Gaspare Serenario and Zoppo di Gangi stand out.
Mr Zombie (3 years ago)
Free beautiful church with good decoration. Crypt was closed, I don't know why
Blasco della Floresta (4 years ago)
The Church of Sant 'Orsola was built in the 17th century by the Compagnia di Sant' Orsola, which took care of the burial of the deceased in the neighborhood. It is also called "dei Negri" from the color of the brothers' habit. All the decoration of the Church is linked to the repertoire of death with stuccos by Giacomo Serpotta and paintings by famous painters of the time, a riot of Palermo Baroque. The recently restored Crypt is worth visiting.
DAVID SNYDER (5 years ago)
Beautiful interior with some great works of art by Giacomo Serpotta and Pietro Novelli amongst others.
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