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Church of Santa Chiara, Palermo

Church of Santa Chiara - Palermo, Italy
Church of Santa Chiara
Piazza Santa Chiara 11, Palermo, Italy 90134Map
+39 091 331141
Neighborhood: Palazzo Reale/Monte di Pietà
Overview

Saint Claire's is a nice church in the historical quarter of Albergheria, a few steps from Casa Professa church and the lively Ballarò market. The church was originally built in 1344 but it was hugely modified in 1678. The baroque facade was seriously damaged during a World War II bombing, so it looks a bit austere nowadays, yet it is embellished with an 18th-century sandstone bell tower by Pietro Amato. The interiors are decorated with elegant, multicolored marble inlays on the walls and floor, and with valuable paintings. The presbytery features a fine altar covered with semi-precious stone inlays, and has a noteworthy canopy with typical baroque dark spiral columns. On its left side there is a fresco representing Saint Francis by the flemish baroque artist G. Borremas, who also provided a painting of Saint Claire which sits on the right side of the presbytery. Saint Claire Church is nowadays used by the Salesian Order and hosts a lively community center, which has become a reference point for both immigrants and local inhabitants.

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Church of Santa Chiara General Information
  • Open Hours: Sunday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sunday to Saturday from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
  • Type: Religious
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