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Cathedral of Palermo

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Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091 334373
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Description: This cathedral was started in 1184 to replace the Muslim mosque with a...
This cathedral was started in 1184 to replace the Muslim mosque with a Christian church, which contains the Royal and Imperial tombs of the patron Saint of Palermo, plus a treasury of precious Royal objects, holy vestments and chalices.
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Impressive building partiuclarly from the outside

The cathedral at Palermo is quite impressive, particularly from the outside. There are some very interesting mosaics inside and you do understand the sense of reverence one gets... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

From the outside an outstanding example of epoch architecture. Inside somewhat plain. For supreme artistic excellence on the inside look elsewhere: the Palatine Chapel, Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, and of course Monreale Cathedral.

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

The cathedral at Palermo is quite impressive, particularly from the outside. There are some very interesting mosaics inside and you do understand the sense of reverence one gets from being in such a vast space dedicated to worship. It is not quite as impressive as the cathedral in the nearby town of Monreale, but it is one of he nicer... More 

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

The cathedral shows the influence of Sicily's rich historic past, Norman, Angevin, Aragonese. If you have the time and money, take the tour, as you get to walk out onto the roof. I particularly enjoyed the tombs, too.

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Bologna, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

go around The church, there are a lot of interesting architectonical details. You can skip the inside, it is nothing special

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Helsingborg
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Dating back to Norman days this cathedral has been added on and restored many times. The dome added in the 19th century defintely finished off the former beauty of this church. Hardly worth visiting.

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

The outside of the Duomo is stunning. The inside is rather plain by Sicilian standards, but nice. It needs to be compared to Monreale, with its plain outside and flamboyant inside.

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I enjoyed the grounds and exterior more than than the interior of the cathedral. The exterior is so impressive with the clock, general design and the landscaping. The inside has the shrine of Sister Rosalee all done in silver and the tomb of the priest who was gunned down by the mafia. The inside of the cathedral is designed in... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Dear all, I hope You will have enough time to visit Cathedral of Palermo. Most of churches in Sicily are stunning, fantastic example is cathedral of Enna, with extraordinary altar and original Renaissance inroof. Palermo is a large city and couple of days is needed to find most interesting places. Unfortunately we have had to leavePalermo, going to Genova with... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This cathedral is well worth a visit. The outside grounds are lovely. If you are a European church enthusiast, you will also find the inside worth the visit. The conflict between the Norman king and the bishop of the Palermo cathedral is an interesting story, as is the smaller, but equally interesting, cathedral built in Cefalo.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

In the heart of the old town just off Free to all. We visited in February on a three day stay in the town. We had not sought this building out but came across it by chance. Sitting in lovely gardens we thought it was closed, as it was covered in banners with protestors sitting precariously on the roof. We... More 

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