Church of the Holy Spirit, Palermo

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Church of the Holy Spirit
Chiesa del Santo Spirito (Italian)
Santo Spirito, Palermo.jpg
Exterior of the Church
Basic information
Location Palermo, Italy
Geographic coordinates 38°05′57″N 13°21′46.52″E / 38.09917°N 13.3629222°E / 38.09917; 13.3629222Coordinates: 38°05′57″N 13°21′46.52″E / 38.09917°N 13.3629222°E / 38.09917; 13.3629222
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Province Archdiocese of Palermo
Country Italy
Architectural description
Architectural style Arab-Norman, Gothic
Groundbreaking 1173
Completed 1178

The church of the Holy Spirit (Italian: Chiesa dello Spirito Santo) is a Norman church in Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. The church is located within the boundaries of Sant'Orsola cemetery.


The Cistercian monastery was founded between 1173 and 1178 by the archbishop of Palermo, Walter of the Mill, and was entrusted to monks of the calabrese Abbey of Sambucina. Considerable donations of King William II of Sicily and his mother, Margaret, enriched the monastery's property.

On March 30, 1282, it was in front of this church that the popular insurrection, later named the Sicilian Vespers, exploded.

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