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Palazzo dei Normanni & Capella Palatina

Piazza Indipendenza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091 7051111
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Ranked #10 of 155 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Melbourne, Australia
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207 reviews 207 reviews
117 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had trouble finding the entrance, because our GPS stopped us adjacent to the building with no signs indicating where to enter. So we walked around to what was the back only to then find a sign directing us to the opposite side. It would have been really useful to have had signs placed in prominent positions directing you to... More

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hong kong
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28 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Many of the Palace rooms were closed to visitors and so it's the Palatina chapel that I am focusing on. I'm not sure if you should visit this before or after the cathedral at Monreale: both are so beautiful and this is like a mini version. Stunning mosaics, incredible vaulting; hard to believe this was someone's private chapel ....... quite... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We turned up at the palace only to find the royal apartments closed. A tad disappointing. However the Cappella was open and it was fabulous. The mosaics and gold works are quite stunning and beautiful. It was quite difficult to take it all in.

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I return in Palermo just for seeng again Cappella Palatina. A unique monument in Middle Age of the Mediterranean (in an extended definition) Civilization. If the way defined by Rudger II could be followed, the world coud be better.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you go to one place in Palermo, go to the Capella. The mosaics are breathtaking. it helps if you know your bible stories!

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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Like Monreale, this is a MUST SEE. It's a mixture of Moorish, Byzantine and Baroque styles. It's a small chapel, but allow at least 30 minutes because there is so much to absorb. It's breathtaking.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Palermo is full of treasures and this is one of the best. Mind blowing painting and golden mosaics - beautifully preserved.

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