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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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Beautiful but spoilt by crowds

What a pity we could not visit this lovely cathedral without the thousands of others pouring through on the same day and time as we were there. My desire to admire the icons, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

What a pity we could not visit this lovely cathedral without the thousands of others pouring through on the same day and time as we were there. My desire to admire the icons, the architecture in quiet contemplation was impossible as busload after busload of guided tour groups ambled through, many showing little respect for this place of worship. However... More 

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Catania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

You would think Palermo would be busy in August. We went on a weekend during reposo...most people were at the beach, so the town was calm and there were no lines to the Cathedral. It's a must see!

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Shipley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

well worth a visit full of elegance and charm with features of greatness and architecture of an age gone long by - felt very privileged to witness the glory of this fabulous building with so much character and history.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The church is large and quite lovely. Not as ornate as Palazzo Normanni or Monreale but still worth a visit.

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Rijeka, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I wasn’t very impressed by the cathedral, although it is huge. Anyway, the mixture of styles (Gothic and Moorish) is very interesting. You can have some great pictures in the courtyard or from the cathedral’s roof.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Interesting to see and definitely to visit when in Palermo. It looks very well from the outside, like it is situated somewhere in the desert. It's a normal big cathedral from the inside

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

An amazing cathedral. Sure you can just go up to the roof for a panorama view of the city but better get a full ticket to see everything. It's a very beautiful place. All the mosaics and paintings and all this gold and silver. Very rich and impressive. Also the architecture itself is something exceptional. It was the only place... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This Cathedral with Monreale and Cefalu are the most important to visit on the Island. Although no where near as impressive as Monreale it is well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Go with a licensed guide. You'll see much more. It pays to look carefully at all the mosaics in the main Cathedral as well as into the side rooms which are spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

A gothic masterpiece, right in the old town. It is a mixture of both Gothic and Moorish architecture since the Saracens ruled Sicily for several centuries. The courtyard gives you a great photo op.

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Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091 334373
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Palermo  >  Palermo

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