Oratorio di Santa Cita, Palermo

The Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita is a small chapel in Palermo, Sicily, dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary.

The oratory was built in the 16th century in gratitude for the Virgin's miraculous intervention at the Battle of Lepanto (1571) against the Turks.

The stucco relief decoration is the work of Giacomo Serpotta (after 1688), a bust of whom was installed in 1934 to mark the second centenary of his death.

The stucco panel on the rear wall depicts the Battle of Lepanto, and other reliefs show scenes from the New Testament. All are portrayed with extravagent realism. The oratory is also home to some rich mother-of-pearl benches.

The neighboring Church of Santa Cita (Chiesa di Santa Cita), from which the oratory takes its name, is filled with sculptures (1517-27) by Antonello Gagini.


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Names:Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita · Oratorio di Santa Cita
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Coordinates:38.121000° N, 13.363500° E
Address:Palermo, Italy
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