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The busy intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda marks the Quattro Canti (Four Corners), the actual and ideal centre of Palermo.
This intersection is surrounded by a perfect circle of curvilinear façades that disappear in a clever feat of perspective up to the blue vault of the sky. It is known locally as Il Teatro del Sole (Theatre of the Sun) as each façade is lit up in turn throughout the course of the day.
In the southwestern corner is the Chiesa di San Giuseppe dei Teatini (Corso Vittorio Emanuele; admission free; 8.30- l1am & 6-8pm), topped by a soaring cupola. The monumental interior is baroque at its brashest, lovingly restored after substantial damage suffered during WWII.