The “Tormented” Spasimo

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Located in the historic Kalsa district, the roof-less Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo, commonly known as “Lo Spasimo,” was once a church, tracing its inception to 1509. There is doubt however, that it was actually ever considered finished. Throughout its history, the building’s walls have served as a hospital and shelter to the poor. Today, as was true in the 17th century, Lo Spasimo is one of Palermo’s most vibrant stages hosting theater and music performances. “Lo Spasimo” means “The Torment.”

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  1. Lovely setting for just about anything.

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