Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sicilian Baroque - Casa Professa

While I must confess to not being a great fan of Baroque or Rococo architecture, Casa Professa (officially the "Chiesa del Gesù"), historically Sicily's most important Jesuit church, is worth a stop on any Palermo itinerary. With its intricate intarsia inlay, bold paintings and a few sculptures by Serpotta, it is generally considered the finest example of its style in Sicily - though purists do not consider it "Sicilian" Baroque per se.

Located between the Quattro Canti and the Ballarò street market, the church is easy enough to find, and just a few minutes' walk from San Cataldo and the Martorana. Read about it in Carlo Trabia's recent article.

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