This is one of the most considerable noble palaces of Palermo, set in the most ancient side of town, next to Piazza Vittoria. It was built in 1330 by the feudal lord Matteo Sclafani in order to eclipse the splendor of the Palace of the Chiaramonte family in Marina square. In 1435, it was deeply modified to become a civic hospital, and in 1832 it was turned into barracks. Nowadays, Palazzo Sclafani hosts the Military Headquarters of Sicily. The facade preserves its medieval look, embellished by an elegant interlacing of ogival arches and double-windows with the black and white patterns, typical of Gothic-Catalan style. Above the fine marble portal, a fanciful three-foiled aedicule shows two symmetrical cranes as the coat of arms of the Sclafani family, with an original inscription below, referring to the commissioners. In the quadrangular court inside there are a few remains of an ancient Roman house that was recently discovered. The famous 15th-century painting known as Trionfo della Morte (Death’s Triumph), which was originally located there, is nowadays preserved in the Museum of Palazzo Abatellis. Visits by appointment only.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Metro A (stop: Orleans Station/Piazza Indipendenza)