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Chiesa di Sant'Anna la Misericordia

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Chiesa di Sant'Anna la Misericordia

15 Reviews
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Paul Legate wrote a review Jan 2021
St Ives, United Kingdom17211 contributions33760 helpful votes
Chiesa di Sant'Anna la Misericordia is located in Piazza Sant’Anna in the Kalsa district of the city. The ornate church totally dominates the square and feels slightly at odds with its surroundings. The church was designed by architect Mariano Smiriglio and was built between 1606 and 1632. The Baroque façade was built at a later time by Giovanni Biagio Amico. A section of the building fell down in a major earthquake in 1823 and was never rebuilt. Chiesa di Sant'Anna is an absolute gem of a building, I visited at the end of July 2020 when the whole area was almost deserted, it is slightly away from the main tourist area of Centro Storico and definitely worth exploring.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Oct 2020
United Kingdom4024 contributions7680 helpful votes
Sant’ Anna’s church is not a must-see but it was one of those interesting finds that you stumble across if you spend some time just walking and wandering in Palermo. One thing that we really enjoyed about Palermo was that it was very easy to walk around the city. For the most part, it is flat and in addition to the main sights, the lanes and piazzas are always interesting and have so much character. Sant’ Anna’s was built in 1632 and consecrated several years later on 13 November 1639. The church is dedicated to St Anne, Mary’s mother. As that makes her the grandmother of Jesus, she is also patron saint of grandmothers. Anne and other members of Mary’s family are represented in the statues on the façade. The four in the niches across the front of the church are Mary’s husband Joseph, Elizabeth (her aunt), Anna (her mother) and Joachim (Mary’s father). The façade is like a 17th century sculpted version of a family snapshot. The 2 at the top are St Ludovico and St Anthony of Padua. Above the main door is a Pietà, showing Mary holding the body of Jesus after he has been taken down from the Cross. The church has had its troubles over the years and was badly damaged in an earthquake in 1726, then damaged again by several more earthquakes. It was seized by the state after Italy was unified and the confiscated church became a granary for a lot of years (although it was eventually given back to the church). Even now, it looks somewhat sad. Daily grime and pollution have darkened the natural stonework so that it looks dull and motley. Unfortunately, it wasn't open when we were there and I couldn't see any signs that had the opening hours. The website says it is open from 8-10am and 4:30-7pm so it seems that it is closed for a large chunk of the day which explains why we missed seeing inside. If you pass by and see it open, take the chance to duck inside.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Magellano81 wrote a review Jun 2015
Tortona, Italy41193 contributions1370 helpful votes
St. Anne's Church, another beautiful example of religious building in the Baroque style, like most of the buildings here in Palermo. The church is really interesting, placed in the homonymous Saint Anna square, a few meters from the famous and also the central Via Roma. The tour of the churches of the city must also pass by this beautiful baroque pearl. Beautiful also the surrounding square.
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Date of experience: March 2015
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