Church of S. Francesco Saverio
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Church of S. Francesco Saverio - Palermo

Piazza S. Francesco Saverio. Erected in the seventeenth century. Based on a project by the Jesuit Angelo Italia. The exterior has a central dome and four smaller domes, as well as a bell tower of the same architectural style. The façade is divided into two orders: the lower part, wider in width, is marked by pilasters in local limestone and white spaces that host four niches supported by Billiemi stone sills. These were designed to house statues of Jesuit saints, but were never built. In the center is the eighteenth-century portal. On the sides two twisted columns support as many volutes and in the shell there is depicted Saint Francis Xavier with a lily and an open heart, crowned by two cherubs.


In-depth study: Pietro Todaro: The subsoil of Palermo - 1988. Downloadable at the following ACCADEMIA.EDU address:

Card insertion: Ignatius Caloggero

Photo: Ignazio Caloggero

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