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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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8:15 am - 5:45 pm
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Sun 8:15 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:15 am - 5:45 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Immersed in Art

the day the first day of our tour of Sicily could only begin to meglio.La Palatine Chapel takes your breath away for its bellezza.Ricca mosaics, history of different culture.Vi... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the day the first day of our tour of Sicily could only begin to meglio.La Palatine Chapel takes your breath away for its bellezza.Ricca mosaics, history of different culture.Vi recommend taking the video guide to learn the full story of this place. Spectacular!!!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Save your money for the stunning mosaics at Monreale cathedral: the visit there is FREE OF CHARGE and mosaics are much better. Here you pay 8€50 to visit the PALAZZO DEI NORMANNI (you won't need more than 5 minutes to see all those unsignificant rooms ) and CAPPELLA PALATINA (nice mosaics) and get no service. Typical sicilian state-run attraction: loads... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The mosaics in the Capella Palatina are rightly famous. They are a great bookend to the ones in the Monreale Cathedral, which you should also see while your in the Palermo area. But the thing I hadn't read about was the ceiling. It's done in a Norman/Arab-inflected style known for its "stalactites" but it's the only one in the world... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located within the Palace of the Normans, the Cappella Palatina built during 1130 to 1140 AD, is the finest example of Arab-Norman art in Palermo. Its mosaics are extraordinary. The palace and its chapel are the greatest attractions of Palermo and a must-see sight. If you have time to see only one thing in Palermo then this must be it,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Several hours were and are well spent at this masterpiece, but it does get busy. It's worth it to bring a good camera for both interior and exterior photos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love history, you need to visit. But it will be quick as there is not a lot the public can see, but the Palatine Chapel is amazing and needs to be seen. Make sure you go the right way as access can be limited in some directions due to a lot of construction going on in Palermo. Getting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is a security queue before getting into this building. I was there at the end of December and waited for about 10 min. If you only visit Cappella, it will take only 10 min or so... To see it. Of course spending on your interest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On the upper part of Emanuele street, this place is a must visit whilst in Palermo. I'm not so into art pieces, cathedral and so on, however I was stunned with the artwork inside. You will have to queue for a while when you go in since it is quite busy through out the day, but you won't regret it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not far from central Palermo is this Norman palace where the present Parliament of Sicily sits. The stunningly beautiful Palatine Chapel within the palace was actually the Royal Chapel of the Norman kings who ruled the island from the 800's AD. The chapel's Byzantine mosaics have been described as some of the best in the world and the magnificent tiling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

You must go to the Cappella Palatina. You just must. I was overwhelmed with the beauty. I am very glad that I was there in the off season, because I have heard that you will get moved through rather quickly when it is crowded. The art and craftsmanship is amazing.

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