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Palazzo dei Normanni & Capella Palatina

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Address: Piazza Indipendenza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091 7051111
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8:15 am - 5:45 pm
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Sun 8:15 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:15 am - 5:45 pm
Activities: Walking, Viewing foliage

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The Norman, Roger 1, conquered Sicily with plenty of bloodshed. It was left to his son, Roger II, to pacify the island. For the Capella Palatina, he assembled the best of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The Norman, Roger 1, conquered Sicily with plenty of bloodshed. It was left to his son, Roger II, to pacify the island. For the Capella Palatina, he assembled the best of Islamic, eastern orthodox and roman christian architects and said, "Design me a beautiful chapel showing the best from each culture". They did him proud.

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Perugia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most unique churches in the world, as it has ceiling paintings by Muslim artists. The Norman conquerors had good taste! And the mosaics are world renown. Take the time to look at the individual faces of some of the painted figures on the ceiling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This "palace" is not very interesting in itself but that is made up for by the amazing and incredible Cappella Palatina. Words can't describe it- just look at the pictures!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It is a MUST in Palermo. Arab-norman Architechture, wonderful mosaics. It is also the Sicilian palrliament inside. from there you can easy find a good restaurant nearby and the typical palermo streetfood. a fter you visit Palazzo dei Normanni i suggest to visit Albergeria it is the most ancient quarter in the city. There are many churchs, Ballarò Market, and... More 

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Pretoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We visited the Capella at about 2pm on a Tuesday. There was no queue at the ticket office and inside was only one small tour group. The entrance ticket is only for the Capella. It is a small space which can become easily overcrowded. It is overwhelming beautiful and well maintained. From the port, walk with Via Emerico to Piazza... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This is a must do. The mosaics in the Capella are extraordinary and beautiful. We hired the audio headsets and would highly recommend their use as they give excellent descriptions of the history and the illustrations - there is otherwise little explanation in English.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

One of the most beautiful example of Arabian et Normanish Style in the whole island Go and visit, I suggest to avoid the August month, when possible. too much people

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Sintra, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Most part of the palace is closed and there is only the Sicilian Regional Assembly room worth to be seen. Apart from that the Palatine Chapel is a true wonder and rewards the price of the remaining of the Palace visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The Palatine Chapel was so beautiful. We bought the audio guide and enjoyed listening to all of the recordings about the chapel. Also enjoyed taking numerous pics. We were fortunate to be there in February - there weren't very many people in the chapel with us so we could have a close look at everything. After seeing this first, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

If you only have time for one visit, go here. The chapel was simply stunning. Take an audio guide and spend as much time as possible looking and listening, then look again. I believe it is busy in high season but in January it was almost deserted. We visited twice, once on a day that included the Royal Palaces being... More 

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