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Palazzo dei Normanni & Capella Palatina

Piazza Indipendenza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091 7051111
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Ranked #11 of 156 Attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The palazzo was a bit disappointing due to the fact that several rooms were closed. And when we arrived the chapel was closed for a wedding,we decided to wait the 45mins for re opening and it was definitely worth it,the sumptuous gold mosaics are breathtakingly beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

You have never seen mosaics like this, freshly restored and covering every surface that isn't marble. Small but spectacular.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The Capella is a fascinating glimpse of how the west style (Norman) mixed with the style of the east (Byzantine and Arab). It's a truly beautiful chapel and worth visiting.The royal palace offers an interesting glimpse into Sicilian aristocracy and is only one floor above the chapel. Go and see them if you are in Palermo!

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The palace and the Palatine chapel represent a large part of Palermo's history. You really want to take the time and effort to experience this, Much more beautiful than the famed St. Mark's in Venice.

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We paid 6€ with discount and it was too much for what we have visited. The rooms are simple, anything interesting. Only the chapelle was nice and renovated, but still 6€ is too much. Gardens were closed so we have seen almost anything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A must! The Capella Palatine is a jewel and unique in the mixture of cultural influences which have shaped Palermo. Truly beautiful and extremely well mainteined!

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

You pay a ticket of 8 euros/person and then you find Cappella Palatina is on the first floor. An impressive church with its famous mosaics, said to be the best in Italy! Really beautiful - the roof was astonishing, all carved out on wood. The Palazzo dei Normanni is on the second floor. There are some paintings and artifacts, otherwise... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

There's two sides to the Palazzo dei Normanni: the Palace itself and the Cappella Palatina inside it. The former is the seat of Sicily's regional parliament, hence apart from the area dedicated to temporary exhibitions, most of it is closed to the public and can only be seen through a guided tour that is not always available. I was lucky... More

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Breda, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went there for about an hour. I recommend to visit it if in Palermo. Impressing relic of many different cultures

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Palazzo dei Normanni is a very beautiful palace. However some rooms are frequently closed due to some works they are doing and they don't inform you at the ticket office. So pay attention and ask yourself which rooms are opened that day. The cappella palatina is something amazing! You can't miss it!!

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