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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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Gorgeous on the outside, nice on the inside

There is a reason you see the picture of the exterior of this cathedral featured at Palermo airport; the interior however does not offer the same viewing pleasures on the level of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

There is a reason you see the picture of the exterior of this cathedral featured at Palermo airport; the interior however does not offer the same viewing pleasures on the level of the Norman Palace, Monreale, La Matorana, etc., but still provides worthwhile experience.

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The outside part is even nicer than the inside. Nice coral sector and organs side by side. Do not miss the upper galeries

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Lake Worth Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This Norman architecture was a pleasant exception to the ornate bizantine churches of Palermo. Grandiose but simplistic except for the silver altar.

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Unexceptional church but there are the tombs of the Norman kings, so the atmosphere is tangible. Watch out for opening times

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It is a nice church It is an example of cultures coming together The fee is for the crypts other wise it is free. lots of interesting art and so tied into Palermo' history

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Surrounded by gardens and lovely outside architecture, this cathedral is a gem. Byzantine, Norman and Arabic styles are blended in this cathedral. It certainly worth a visit.

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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I loved the cript with the many roman sarcophagus but the church it self is not the best in Sicily, if you are visiting one or two cathedrals skip this one an visit Monreale or Cefalu's.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Impressive from the outside...bit plain inside. Very impressive silver alter in the top right corner. Cool on a hot day...ie most days....and so pleasant to sit in. However this pales against the palatine chapel or monreale cathedral. Short walking distance from Palatine Chapel...just past the ruins of the Roman villa.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The Church is really wild. It has some very old stuff, like much of Sicily. The architectural style is not perfectly blended due to the different eras, etc. This is absolutely nothing compared to Monreale, about 30 minutes away. However, there are some cool things in the crypt and there is a nice shrine to a priest who fought the... More 

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Sunny Isles, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

i think beeing in Palermo everyone should see Cathedrale, very nice and realy big!! Good stay if its really hot outside :)

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