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Palazzo dei Normanni & Capella Palatina

Piazza Indipendenza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091 7051111
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Ranked #12 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

There are few places that literally take your breath away; Roger II's private chapel did it for me. Built in the 1130s, it's a relatively small space now surrounded by a palace that's grown from its Norman foundations to be the modern home of Sicilian government. You'll see other grand rooms and courtyards, but it's the chapel everyone is here... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I did not go to the Palazzo but saw the Capella Palatina The mosaics here are just stunning , so beautiful. There are all colours and lots of gold and the mosaics are perfectly formed and placed to make the the most beautiful pictures you could imagine. Even if you are not in any way religious, you could not fail... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Like a recent reviewer we too were in and out as the only thing open was the chapel, the royal palace was shut. You do have see the chapel non the less as it is amazing considering it is ~ 800 years old.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Early this month I was in Palermo Italy and on my museum day, one of the places I visited was the 'Palazzo dei Normanni'. Big disappointment! Not of the art but of the museum management. The art work: The Cappella Palatina or the 'Palatine Chapel' mosaic work is astonishing, a very talented work of art, as for what I got... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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