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Palazzo dei Normanni & Capella Palatina

Piazza Indipendenza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091 7051111
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Ranked #8 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Capella Palatina has to be one of the wonders of the world, certainly in an artistic sense. Every inch of it is laid in mosaics, and the effect is breath-taking.

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Sydney, Australia
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14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Do not miss going here, the Capella Palatina has the most amazing mosaics and my friend commented that it had a real sense of being a sacred place. Spend time looking at the excavations underneath the bookshop as well.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The Byzantine style interior is incredibly beautiful. And the co-existence of the different religions in one architecture is amazing. Speaking of diversity. Sicily is where you go to see how different cultures and religions co-exist in harmony.

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Manchester
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Palazzo is an important historical site and the rooms are fascinating but it is the Capella Palatina on the middle floor of the complex which is the main attraction. The mosaics are incredible and due to the small size of the chapel you can get very close to them so they are more impressive than the Cathedral oof Monreale.

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Montréal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Took the audio-guide and were well rewarded. Very grand. Some of the rooms were being restored so some of the exhibit wasn't accessible in May. Be sure to walk around in the garden that starts just before the entrance. There are some interesting botanical species. The path winds around on top of the fortress wall and offers a great view... More

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Farmington, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The Capella is an ornate example of the highest form of church construction and adornment and worth the effort to see it. The Palazzo dei Normanni is a great historical experience and beautifully furnished. Don't miss the ruins attributed to the Carthaginian founders that are in the basement of the buildings.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This was an excellent site to visit, as it comprises so much. In addition to the Cappella Palatina and Palazzo dei Normanni, one can go downstairs in the basement and see fragments from an ancient Punic wall, part of Palermo's fortifications from those times. Then, from Friday to Monday, within the Palazzo dei Normanni, one can see what is called... More

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