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Palazzo dei Normanni & Capella Palatina

Piazza Indipendenza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091 7051111
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Ranked #8 of 162 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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Diss, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This has to be about the Cappella Palatina, which is quite beautiful. The gold mosaics can almost be compared to Monreale Cathedral but on a smaller scale, the Arabic ceiling a superb example of the art of carved wooden coffers. Definitely worth using an audio guide which best describes the background and history of the construction.

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Amsterdam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Not much to say about the palazzo, but the Capella was just fantastic. I already stood for minutes gaping at the doors, and was just overwhelmed by the amazing beauty inside. The Arabic mosaics and ceiling, combined with the golden Byzantine mosaics, it's all dazzling and a feast for the eye. You could spend an hour in it trying to... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Palatina chapel is astonishing. Use the audio guides, they have so much information and background. They was a time when Christians, Orthodox, Jews and Moslems were all working to live together in peace.

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Rehovot, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The marble floors are impressive, as well as the paintings in the Palatine chapel We regret that part of the palace could not be visited

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The main attraction of the chapel is certainly lavish, with intricate mosaic work and a interesting architectural structure.

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LINCOLNSHIRE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I thought I'd seen some wonderful mosaics in Ravenna but this is something even more special. We didn't visit the palace just the chapel, which is incredible. I think it cost about 20 plus euro to get in but worth it. You need to stay awhile to take in the story behind the mosaics. Quite busy when we were there... More

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York, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Take your time and prepare to be amazed by the splendid gold mosaic work. The intricate ceiling the walls, the patterns....take it all in. It's just wonderful.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is so unbelievably beautiful - it takes your breath away. Constructed in 1132 or so - the mosiacs are stunning. Best chapel anywhere...small intimate and worth the trip

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Scotch Plains
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The audio guide is well presented and is easy to access and follow. The chapel is beautiful. I cannot comment on the royal apartments as unfortunately they were closed during our visit.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Just the most wonderful place. Excellent shop that sells lovely earrings as well as the cultural stuff.

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