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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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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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Must see in Palermo. The architecture is awsome. Great place! Dress code to come in : no short skirt ...

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Fériel T
Algiers, Algeria

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Must see in Palermo. The architecture is awsome. Great place! Dress code to come in : no short skirt ...

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This cathedral is breathtaking. It's a mixture of different styles, a magnificent piece of art. Worth to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Cathedral of Palermo has recently been classified as a UNESCO site. It is huge and has an unusual architecture dating back to the Norman era over Sicily. The view from the garden is the best one can get from outside. The metallic gate to the cathedral is really monumental. The interior is interesting although it is not quite my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Europe has a long history of great art and architecture still to be found in the continents many churches and cathedrals. Palermo, Sicily, majestic cathedral, a few streets up from the hotel where I was staying, is no exception. Started in the twelfth century by its Norman rulers who had just driven out its former Saracen conquerors this stately and... More 

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Montevago, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a breathtaking cathedral. It's free to explore but there is a small fee to visit the top part of the cathedral. We visited during the week when it's not so busy. The only problem is that it's very difficult to find somewhere to park the car. As a family of 4, we had a fantastic day visiting this very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This visit did not disappoint & was a pleasant sanctuary on a hot day for walking. Lots to see from very fine figures and windows and an interesting sun dial clock, which is a must.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For 7 euro you will see the crypt, treasures and the best of all: you can climb to the church roof to see the city (steep steps of old stone so good shoes recommended)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing in terms of its beauty and mixture of historical periods reflected in the same Cathedral. Definitely worth visiting. The easiest way, to do it is, possibly, as part of exploring the city of Palermo on a of hop-on-hop-off bus - its stop is nearby. Strongly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the large cathedral in the old section of the city. Be sure to pay the small fee to climb to the roof for an incredible view of Polermo. We happened to be in Polermo on Sunday and got to experience the services and music which was beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not to be missed part of your trip. The bysentine frescos and interior art is spectacular. Mosaics that are superior to what we have seen elsewhere. Compkely intact and maintained. Well worth a visit.

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