The Church of the Gesù (Chiesa del Gesù - Casa professa) - the first Jesuit church in Sicily

 

The Church of the Gesù is one of the most important Baroque churches in Sicily.

The Church of the Gesù (ceiling), Casa Professa

Detail of the ceiling in the Church of the Gesù (also known as Casa Professa) in Palermo, the first church to be erected by the Jesuits in Sicily (1564-1633).

 

Video: Documentary about the symbolism in Chiesa del Gesù

 

 

The Church of the Gesù

The marble reliefs with their figural and ornamental motifs in the Church of the Gesù (Chiesa del Gesù) are truly amazing.

 

 

The Church of the Gesù, Casa Professa/Chiesa del Gesù

More incredible decorations in the Church of the Gesù (Casa Professa). The “decorative frenzy” of the 17th (and 18th) century took the form of “dense patterns of inlaid coloured marble and hardstone (marmi mischi)”, especially in Palermo.

 

 

The Church of the Gesù, Casa Professa/Chiesa del Gesù

Decorations in the Church of the Gesù (Casa Professa).

 

 

The Church of the Gesù, Casa Professa/Chiesa del Gesù

Decorations in the Church of the Gesù (Casa Professa).

 

 

Church of the Gesù (interior)

The jaw-dropping interior of the Church of the Gesù (Casa Professa). Goethe, though, hated the lavish decorations when he visited Palermo in 1787.

 

The beautiful organ in Casa professa in intact, but not working.

 

Detail of the inlaid marble in The Church of the Gesù (Chiesa del Gesù).

 

Casa professa, Palermo

Detail of reliefs and the inlaid marble.

 

Detail of reliefs and the inlaid marble.

 

Detail of reliefs and the inlaid marble.

 

Detail of reliefs and the inlaid marble.

 

Sculptures in the Church of the Gesù.

 

Decoration.

 

reliquary crucifix, Casa Professa, Palermo

Reliquary Crucifix in the Church of the Gesù.

 

Sculpture of the Virgin (maybe set aside for restoration?) duplicated in a mirror.

 

Monreale Cathedral

Palermo Cathedral

Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi

Casa professa

 

 

 

Sicily

Chiesa del Gesù, Piazza Casa Professa, 1.

 

Monreale Cathedral

Palermo Cathedral

The Church of the Gesù (Casa professa)

La Martorana

Cappella Palatina

San Cataldo

San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi

San Giovanni degli Eremiti

Santa Maria della Catena

Santa Maria dello Spasimo

Chiesa di sant’Orsola

Chiesa di San Matteo al Cassaro

 

 

Video: Documentary about the symbolism in Chiesa del Gesù
Sicilia svelata - Palermo: l'Immacolata al Capo svelata (with English subtitles)

 

 

 

 

 

The Church of the Gesù is also known as Chiesa del Gesù, Church of Saint Mary of Gesu, Chiesa di Santa Maria di Gesù or Casa Professa.

 

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