Church of S. Maria di Valverde - Palermo
Piazza S. Maria di Valverde. Erected in the sixteenth century and rebuilt in the seventeenth by Mariano Smiriglio. He was responsible for the marble decorations. The church was seriously damaged during the Second World War and it was possible to reopen it to the public only in 1997 after a long restoration started between 1979 and 1980. The building, with a single nave, is embellished inside with frescoes by Antonio Grano in the vault and on the walls of the choir and by Olivio Sozzi on the lower band, made in 1570. The sculptures and marble inlays arranged inside the four chapels of the large nave (one of which is dedicated to Saint Lucia) are instead due to Andrea Palma and Paolo Amato. The latter also created the side portal in gray stone. The plan of the church has a rectangular hall with a semicircular presbytery and choir at the entrance, supported by a large arch. The bell tower, divided into three orders, was added in 1730
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