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Cathedral of Palermo

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091 334373
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Ranked #19 of 155 attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Madrid, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful cathedral, really enjoyed the climb on to the roof and the subsequent views. Pretty good value, but not a lot of information in English, all the signs were Italian only.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

The exterior is detailed and ornate with the statue of Rosalia in the courtyard in a boat. Inside was details of a past priest who died in his anti mafia quest and his quest for freedom and peace. This church was easily seen and had the festa of la madonna di Fatima two days earlier. The story tells of a... More

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Visit the cathedral if you are in Palermo. It's not as impressive as the cathedral in Monreale but good to see if you are going through the city highlights.

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Here is the silver urn of the patron saint Rosaly, here there are the tumbs of the Norman royal family, but no books can explain the tumb of the prist killed by mafia more than 20 years ago as our guied made

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New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Awesome basilica turned mosque turned Christian church. We had a guided tour of this cathedral. The history and various styles of architecture are just breathtaking!

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Had it been the first church that we visit, we may like it. However, it's pretty plain to our taste after the Norman Palace and Monreale.

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Montréal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A must-see, but as others have mentioned, only from the outside. With the palm trees, the golden stones, the domed bell-tower, it truly is a great place to have your picture taken. Unfortunately for us, the entrance was being repaired and covered in scaffolding...

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

wonderful arabic-style decoration on exterior - battlements, windows and tracery interesting to see the meridian line inside and read about its history

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Milan, Italy
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The cathedral of Palermo is much more interesting on the outside than it is on the inside. It is a tribute of the many cultures that have dominated Sicily. The Arabs , The Normans , The Spanish... When you stand before this cathedral and you know of its history , you immediately feel the effect these cultures had on its... More

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UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

If short of time in Palermo, give this a miss. there are many far nicer churches to visit in the city!

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