Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo)

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo is a former church and convent which is now used as a cultural centre. The complex has a very exotic atmosphere, well worth a visit.

 

1509 Santa Maria dello Spasimo was founded

1516 Raphael is commissioned to paint an altarpiece of Jesus Falling Beneath the Cross for the church

1573 the convent was sold to the Senate

1582 the church is used as a theatre (also during the next century)

1624 A part of the convent is used as an isolation hospital for plague victims

1986 the hospital is closed for good, followed by restoration work

In the 19th and 20th centuries it was used as a general hospital

 

The buildings have been used as warehouses, a deposit for snow, and as storage for the débris after the bombardments of the Second World War, according to the Blue Guide Sicily.

 

 

 

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

The mostly roofless nave of the church.

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

Stairs leading to … heaven?

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

 

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

 

Santa Maria dello Spasimo (Palermo). Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruins Santa Maria dello Spasimo

 

 

 

Palermo (main page)

The Abatellis Museum, Palermo

Palermo Cathedral

The Church of the Gesù (Casa professa)

Fontana Pretoria

La Cuba

La Zisa

La Martorana

The Monreale Cathedral

The Monreale Cloister

The Museum of the Inquisition

Norman Palace

Cappella Palatina

Ponte dell’Ammiraglio

Quattro Canti

San Cataldo

San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi

San Giovanni degli Eremiti

Santa Maria della Catena

Santa Maria dello Spasimo

Street art

Bagheria: Villa Palagonia