This is one of the oldest churches in Palermo; built in the 13th Century and modified in the 16th Century with a large new apse, the way it looks today is the result of style changes over the centuries. Its severe baroque facade, marked by grey marble pilasters, stands in front of the Immacolata Concezione Church (Immaculate Conception), was designed by architect Andrea De Palma in 1728. It is decorated with two stucco medallions representing Saint Ippolito (Hippolytus) and Saint Peter, with a marble statue of the Holy Mary above the main entrance. Inside, the one attestation of the medieval period is a 13th-century fresco representing the Virgin, on the left wall by the entrance. The first chapel on the left hosts a good 17th-century painting of Holy Mary in Glory with saints. The sacristy, near the presbytery, features fine 18th-century marquetry furniture. A beautiful 16th-century wooden crucifix hangs over the chancel. The main altar piece represents the “Martirio di Sant’Ippolito” (Martyrdom of Saint Hippolytus) (1728) by G. Serenario. The second chapel on the right hosts two fine 16th-century wooden statues of the Saints Cosma and Damiano. The first chapel on the right features a fine painting by F. Randazzo representing the “Madonna del Rosario” (1685).
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