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San Giovanni degli Eremiti

Via dei Benedettini 3, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
091-651-5019
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Ranked #68 of 155 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Ancient Ruins, Gardens, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Walking, Viewing foliage
Owner description: This important monument is well-recognized for its Arab architecture, which contains three domes and cubic forms that are representative of an... more » Owner description: This important monument is well-recognized for its Arab architecture, which contains three domes and cubic forms that are representative of an Oriental influence. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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207 reviews 207 reviews
117 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We allowed ourselves to be talked into getting a 5 attraction ticket that included this, and regret having done so. Whilst the gardens are well laid out there is little else to see while you are here. It's an expensive place to come just for a rest !

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Berkshire, England
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95 reviews 95 reviews
42 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

If you are interested in Norman Palermo, then a visit here is essential. It's a lovely peaceful spot, which takes you back in time. Built by Roger II in 1132, the domed remains of the church are very atmospheric. The cloisters in the garden are very picturesque. Afterwards we tried to find the recommended restaurant going by the same name,... More

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london
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

These gardens are just wonderful during the busy day, get away from all the noise outside find a quit spot and relax! It might seem little expensive for a stroll but it's worth it!

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Scot on the run
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Not easy to get in. Take your life in your hands crossing the race track that is the Via dei Benedettini Then go round the side of the inauspicious little reception building at the foot of the church. Do not, as we did, go into the church next door - the parish church of San Giuseppe Cafasso - and try... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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37 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We decided to take the short walk from the Palace of the Normans to San Giovanni, and it was worth it. The inside of the property was not open when we arrived, but the real prize is the view of the exterior. Built by Arab-Norman craftsmen, there are cubic forms punctuated by five striking red domes. This was different than... More

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Montreal, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

It may be an important testimony of the history of Palermo, however, the price is too expensive to visit two empty rooms and two small interior courts.

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Bathurst, Australia
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280 helpful votes 280 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Not really worth the €6 entry when you consider that €8.50 will get you into the nearby vast Palazzo dei Normanni. It's touted as the epitome of Arabo-Norman church architecture, but San Cataldo does that so much better. The garden is fairly small, and you have to brave considerable traffic to walk from the Palazzo dei Normanni to here, so... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
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56 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This Arab/Norman work is a great counterpoint to the Baroque churches of Palermo. Modestly decorated it has serene cloisters and a magnificent garden resplendent with palms and a variety of beautiful plants. It is, as mentioned, a real oasis in the thrumming vibrancy that is Palermo. It cost us €6 to enter in June 2013. Not the cheapest in terms... More

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Gent, België
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105 reviews 105 reviews
77 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

It is not exaggerated to call this an oasis. The little romanesque church, the XIII century cloister and the small garden make you forget that you are in one of the busiest cities of Italy.

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Holmdel, New Jersey
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27 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

So Frommer's puts this in the top 3 things to visit when in Palermo. For the 6 euro's you pay, you see very little. Maybe it's worth 2 euro's and maybe not.

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