Chiesa Immacolata Concezione

Via Porta Carini, 34-50, 90134 Palermo, Italy

The interiors of this unassuming church, smack in the middle of the Capo market between vegetable and seafood stalls, are a prime example of the Sicilian Baroque style. Barely an inch has been left uncovered. It's adorned floor-to-ceiling with marble in various colors, with bas-reliefs and ornate sculptures and statues. It's all over-the-top Baroque, which may not be everyone's cup of tea, but even minimalists have to admire the incredibly detailed craftsmanship of marble columns that are twisted like fussili, of the expressive faces of the statues and of the intricate floor patterns. Note that the church keeps sporadic opening hours, so a successful visit is a combination of luck and timing.

Written by Simone Girner

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