Palazzo Sant'Elia is one of the largest Baroque residences in the city, in the heart of the historic center of Palermo . Subject to repeated changes of destination (to name a few: seat of the Senate, seat of the Railways Administration, middle school) and exposed to looting, in 1984 it was purchased by the Provincial Administration which began the restoration work, and then granted it to the Sant'Elia Foundation which made it its registered office and finally made it accessible to the public and the city. The Sant'Elia Foundation, founded at the end of 2010 and since 2012 a legal entity under private law, was established with the aim of promoting the dissemination of culture as an essential element for the development of civil society. Since 2013, in addition to Palazzo Sant'Elia (in full, Palazzo Celestri Santa Croce and Trigona di Sant'Elia) it manages the Loggiato San Bartolomeo, intended to host temporary exhibitions. The Foundation is a 360 ° cultural center, ranging from visual art, musical and literary activities. It also collaborates with public and private institutions and individual collectors, opening up to the possibility of hosting meetings and events.