Church of S. Nicolò del Gurgo
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Church of S. Nicolò del Gurgo

From one of the sides of Piazza S. Domenico, there is the descent that leads to the so-called "Piano" di S. Andrea, a square from which a path of ancient streets winds, whose branching has remained almost intact since the Middle Ages, in some cases from even more remote times. The square, albeit very small, contains three churches, two of which fortunately restored, after many years of neglect and decay (these were also reduced to private warehouses), another (the church of the Holy Sepulcher) under restoration, as well as the fifteenth-century building next to it. The first church, on the left side of the square, coming from S. Domenico, is S. Andrea, built in the thirteenth century, the period in which a nucleus of Amalfitani arrived in Palermo, who, living in this neighborhood, decided to build it. Towards the end of the 500th century it then passed to the brotherhood of the Apothecaries (or Aromatai), which many shops had around here. The second church is S. Nicolò Lo Gurgo, built in the early 300th century, and thus defined for a dialectal distortion of the “village”, this area being, as mentioned before, a sort of small settlement of Amalfitani. Also this church passed in the 600th century to a brotherhood, that of the Calzettai, from which it was modernized and embellished. (Text source:

Crypt of the twelfth century.

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

Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

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