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Church of San Giorgio in Kemonia, Palermo

Church of San Giorgio in Kemonia - Palermo, Italy
Church of San Giorgio in Kemonia
Via dei Benedettini 13, Palermo, Italy 90134Map
+39 091 651 8223
Neighborhood: Palazzo Reale/Monte di Pietà

The elegant church known as San Giorgio in Kemonia stands between the most famous church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti and the Convent of the Benedettini Bianchi di Monte Oliveto, at the foot of the Norman Palace, where the ancient river bed of the Kemonia was, which dried up in the 16th Century. The church was built in 1765, replacing a previous one dating back to the 13th Century. It has a graceful ochre baroque facade and a charming bell tower which rises about 20 meters (66 feet), from where it is possible to enjoy one of the most amazing views of the town. The church’s interiors are mainly in neoclassical style and feature some wonderful 18th-century paintings by G. Tresca. The second chapel on the left preserves a painting attributed to Diego Velasquez representing Saint Benedict with the founders of the Benedictine Order. The third chapel hosts a fine reliquary from the 18th Century. The apse is the most precious part with baroque stucco decorations attributed to the Serpottas. The sacristy hosts a fine funeral monument by Lorenzo Marabitti. In 1953 the parish was dedicated to San Giuseppe Cafasso, patron saint of the prisoners, because of its position in front of the female jail, nowadays closed.

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Church of San Giorgio in Kemonia General Information
  • Open Hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Monday to Saturday from 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM, Sunday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
  • Type: Religious
  • Nearest Train: Metro A - Orleans (Piazza Indipendenza)
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