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The Church of San Giuseppe dei Teatini: photos, description San Giuseppe dei Teatini)

The Church of San Giuseppe dei Teatini in Palermo is one of the most interesting examples of the architectural style of Sicilian Baroque. Located on a city block Albergaria near Piazza Villena, it bears the name of St. Joseph and the Catholic order of teatini. A member of this order was the architect Giacomo Besio from Genoa, who in the early 17th century started the construction of the Church. In the center of its majestic and at the same time simple facade you can see the statue of Tirenskogo Gaëtan, founder of the order. Special attention deserves the huge dome with a blue and yellow majolica. Above the vestibule, with double columns, architect Giuseppe Mariani and the belfry was built according the project of Paolo Amato. The left facade of the Church overlooks the Piazza Vigliena, also known as Quattro Canti, and organically inscribed in its architectural ensemble.

Inside the Church of San Giuseppe dei Teatini consists of a Central nave and two side aisles, separated by marble columns of different heights. Above the decoration of the Church were such masters of the Baroque era as Paolo Corso and Giacomo serpotta. In addition, on the ceiling you can see the frescoes of Filippo Tancredi, Guglielmo Borremans and Giuseppe Velasquez. Despite the fact that these works of art were severely damaged during the Second World war, they were restored with precision to the millimeter. Another valuable relic is the wooden crucifix, made by fra Umile from Petralia. And in the crypt still remains of the once stood the ancient Church dedicated to the virgin of Providence.

Today at the Church of San Giuseppe dei Teatini there is Association of Catholic San Giuseppe Maria Tomasi," which among other things deals with helping the poor in her care is 31 families. Members of the Association, which about 40 people, also deals with the issues of spiritual education and prayer.