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Church of San Cataldo

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Address: Piazza Bellini, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091-6161692
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This small church of San Cataldo was built in 1160, during the Norman...

This small church of San Cataldo was built in 1160, during the Norman occupation of Palermo.

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Simple and Beautiful

Chiesa di San Cataldo - Another 12th century church adjacent - right next door to the Martorana church. I took an immediate liking to this small church and its simplicity, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
McLean, Virginia

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Chiesa di San Cataldo - Another 12th century church adjacent - right next door to the Martorana church. I took an immediate liking to this small church and its simplicity, but mostly because of its connection to the Jerusalem Cross and Jerusalem, my birth city. Arab-Norman architecture (prevalent in Sicily) and a Byzantine interior with amazing mosaic once again. Can... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only give this four stars because there isn't much to see inside...but we still found the history of this church very interesting and it was a worthwhile visit. Located right next door to La Martorana.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can easily recognize San Cataldo: three Arab style red domes catch your eye immediately. It is a remarkable example of Arab Norman style in Palermo. The church has been restored, but the foundation of it dates back to 1100. The brick interior is striking in its simplicity and elegance at the same time. It touches your heart to listen... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small and austere space is worth seeing as an interesting aesthetic and historic artifact. It lacks the charisma and drop-dead beauty of some other Palermo churches. The magnificent Martorano church is right next door, so visit both.

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Cobble Hill, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visit San Cataldo after La Martorana, which is just next door, for a restful visual contrast. Sit down and enjoy its simplicity and peace, before heading back out to Palermo's busy streets.

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Brick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While visiting the Fontana Pretoria I noticed this church off to the side. A wedding was about to take place so it was especially beautiful even though it was a rainy day. Be sure to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

They were allowing visitors inside for a small fee the afternoon we were there. Very small but interesting Norman interior you can look around in 10 minutes.

Thank Angu5
Naples, Campania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

a wonderful example of a Arab-Norman style place of worship.The church is of particular interest because of its three red domes raised above the wall.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This is an old Church in the middle of town. Its sits along with several other monuments and can be covered in one shot in a half an hour walk. 5-10 minutes is all you need here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Title says all. Takes 5-10 minutes to spend inside as this is very tiny chappel built for private purposes.

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