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Palazzo dei Normanni & Capella Palatina

Piazza Indipendenza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091 7051111
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Ranked #8 of 143 attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Gardens, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Walking, Viewing foliage
Traveler Description: This Norman Castle was completed by William II during the 12th century, and is considered one of the most magnificent Arab-Norman structures in the... more »
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Camberley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We visited on a day when the Palazzo was not open but the Capella Palatina was well worth the visit. We took our time, between tour groups, to look at the mosaics and kept seeing more. A must see place when visiting Palermo.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The only tickets on offer included a video tour which was rubbish. Only the chapel was open when the at the entrance it stated other areas like the royal apartments were open. The chapel is spectacular but the way everything is sold and presented is not acceptable. Most of the palace is reserved for government officials.

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Las Palmas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Queues can get long in the summer but even so it is worth the wait. We used it to fill in time waiting for the bus to Monreal at no. 7 stop for 15.00

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Palermo, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

My parents got married there...apart from this it is a unique place that suggest you a "sharazade stories" atmosfere i suggest you to go even if you are not interest in architecture

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New York City, New York
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This was one of the most incredible chapels I've ever seen. You could easily spend 1-2 hours just gazing at the walls and ceiling. The work is so beautiful and detailed.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The mosaics are absolutely amazing. The light catches the gold in just the right way. You might get a stiff neck from looking up. It is not very big but we'll worth it. All the different pictures tell a story. Unfortunately the rest of the palazzo rooms were closed and you could not walked around it either. So quite expensive... More

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Islesford, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Go early and stare and stare at the mosaics that gild the capella. For my taste the royal chambers are not so interesting. However the mosaics deserve a long look.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Highlight was the Capella Palantina which is a beautiful chapel with mosaics of a style comparable to the Monreale cathedral (but on a much smaller scale). Much of the rest of the Palazzo rooms were closed to the public during our visit in early April. This was disappointing as we paid the full entry fee.

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Indianapolis, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I just don't get the cost and what this place is all about. Maybe because the apartment area was closed the day we went but this was not worth the money and we must have missed something about the place that everyone else saw as I just didn't see anything special and certainly not for the fee they charge.

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nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Get the audioguide. It was well worth the few bucks to really understand the symbols and technique. Do not skip this one. You'd be better off skipping Monreale.

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