The Church of the Gesù (Italian: Chiesa del Gesù, pronounced [ˈkjeːza del dʒeˈzu]), known also as the Saint Mary of Jesus (Santa Maria di Gesù) or the Casa Professa, is a Baroque-style, Roman Catholic church established under the patronage of the Jesuit order, and located at Piazza Casa Professa 21 in Palermo, region of Sicily, Italy.
The Jesuits arrived in Palermo in 1549, and by the late 16th century began building a church adjacent to their professed house (casa professa) based on a design by the Jesuit architect Giovanni Tristano. The original design called for a single nave with large transepts and several side chapels, but the building was refurbished in starting in the early 17th century, to a more grandiose layout typical of Jesuit architecture. Natale Masuccio removed the chapels' dividing walls to add two side naves to the central one. The dome was completed in 1686.
DAVID SNYDER | Jan 5, 2018
Outstanding interior with a large array of carvings, intarsia marble decorative panels and stucco figures as well some original frescoes plus a beautiful sacristy and museum complex.
gnldesantis | Jul 20, 2017
Amazing example of Sicilian Baroque. Every single corner is covered in sculptures and marbles with the local mischi and tramischi techniques. It is truly stunning and should not be missed!
Stephen Tofani | Sep 22, 2017
Stumbled into this place while walking by. Was really impressed, especially by the mural on the ceiling.
Devi fodill | Jan 30, 2018
Very beautiful church inside
a AK | Dec 12, 2016
An amazing beautiful fine artworks collected in a single place
Nikitas Serafetinidis | May 1, 2018
Yanyan Yanyan | Jun 25, 2018
Most amazing barocco building in Sicily and in Italy ! You could not miss it. It is near the mercato, so the best time go there is in the morning , you could visit it and the mercato. It is better don’t go there in the late night. If you want enter should pay the tickets , sometimes they do the wedding inside.
Jon Li | May 17, 2018
Most significant architecture and sculpture of a church I have ever seen.
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