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Palazzo dei Normanni e Cappella Palatina

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Address: Piazza Indipendenza, 90134 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 091 705 1111
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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 Cappella Palatina must be one of the most exquisite churches anywhere. This royal chapel is a fine example of the fusion of Catholic, Byzantine and Arabic craftsmanship from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

There are only two floors to view - the entire second floor was closed for a parliamentary sitting. But the entrance charge of 10 Euros was still the same. Upon handing me the audio guide (an extra 5 Euros), they had the gall to say "take a 'virtual tour' of the second floor". The chapel and its tile-work was amazing,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The Cappella Palatina must be one of the most exquisite churches anywhere. This royal chapel is a fine example of the fusion of Catholic, Byzantine and Arabic craftsmanship from the famously multicultural period of the Normans in the high middle ages. It's a bit costly to enter, €10 per head. However for an additional €2 you can visit the royal... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The visit to the Palazzo dei Normanni really covers three areas. One is the Royal Apartments which includes the meeting hall for the Sicilian Assembly and several other historical rooms constructed back in the 12th centuries or later. These were interesting. Unfortunately, during our visit, one of the main rooms was closed for some restoration work, a common feature with... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Stunning medieval mosaic experience. The cross-cultural flair is astonishing. The Palatine Chapel and the King Roger Room move across Byzantine, Latin and Arab influences creating an ambiance that is truly unique in Europe. The painted ceiling, inspired by contemporary Egyptian courtly life, is equally impressive. This building is truly inspiring.

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

wonderful example of norman-arabic architecture, there are not many places like this in Italy (and The world). The room of Roger is magnificent, with its ubique mosaics. Pity some of The rooms were close d for restauration (but I was told they should reopen in june). The cappella Palatina is simply a masterpiece, never seen anything like its ceiling, not... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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

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

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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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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