San Francesco d'Assisi

A treasure trove of Renaissance and baroque sculptures in Palermo

This medieval church, with a 1302 sawtooth-designed portal and rose window on the facade, gives you a good compare-contrast overview of the Gagini clan of sculptors.

The second chapel on the right has a relief of St. George and the Dragon by Antonello Gagini (1526). (There's a light switch on the right side of the chapel to illuminate it.)

The third chapel has a Madonna by Antonio Gagini (light switch to the left).

The gated fourth chapel has a sarcophagus by Domenico Gagini, who also did the excellent tomb of Antonio Speciale near the end of the left aisle (next to the sacristy door) as well as both the Madonna and Child with St. Johnand the relief of the Madonnain the first chapel on the left aisle.

Other Sicilian masters contributed to the church's decor, starting with eight states by 18th-century stucco master Serpotta—four against the entrance wall, four against the central piers—representing the Seven Virtues (I like "Humility" with a bird on her head) plus "Theology."

The 1520 choir stalls behind the altar are beautifully carved and inlaid, and the forth chapel on the left aisle has the first significant Renaissance work in Italy, an arch sculpted by Francesco Laurana and Pietro da Bonitate in 1468.

Next door to the church is Serpotta’s Oratorio of San Lorenzo.

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Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi
Piazza S. Francesco d'Assisi/Via P. Paternostro
tel. +39-075-819-001
www.sanfrancescoassisi.org
Open daily 8am–5:30pm
Free admission

Bus: P.Ta S.Giacomo: A

Planning your time

With two of the top sculpting names in Palermo, give San Francesco at least 20 minutes on your schedule.

Tourist info

Palermo tourist office
Piazza Castelnuovo 34
tel. +39-091-605-8351
www.turismopalermo.it
www.provincia.palermo.it/turismo

Also useful:
www.comune.palermo.it
www.palermotourism.com

Buses: www.amat.pa.it
Trains: www.trenitalia.com
Airport: www.gesap.it
Port: www.portpalermo.it

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Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi
Piazza S. Francesco d'Assisi/Via P. Paternostro
tel. +39-075-819-001
www.sanfrancescoassisi.org
Open daily 8am–5:30pm
Free admission

Bus: P.Ta S.Giacomo: A
Tourist Info

Palermo tourist office
Piazza Castelnuovo 34
tel. +39-091-605-8351
www.turismopalermo.it
www.provincia.palermo.it/turismo

Also useful:
www.comune.palermo.it
www.palermotourism.com

Buses: www.amat.pa.it
Trains: www.trenitalia.com
Airport: www.gesap.it
Port: www.portpalermo.it


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