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Cathedral of Palermo

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091 334373
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Ranked #20 of 154 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The Palermo Cathedral is truly stunning! Walking up to the church took my breath away! Although the interior is not the most incredible, it is worth the trip just to see the exterior.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The Cathedral of Palermo is beautiful inside and out! We did the catacombs and roof tour. It was neat seeing the catacombs but I possibly could have went without it. The roof should not be missed. It was amazing up there! The view was incredible! The fee we paid for the tours (which was about 7 euros) was worth looking... More

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Once you've toured cathedrals throughout Italy, it's easy to become nonplussed by what would be spectacular in North America, but is merely average in Europe. This cathedral is gorgeous on the outside - take a nice walk around the building and see the care with which it was constructed as well as the contrast in styles from renovations. Inside, it's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Well worth going to see - we tagged on to an English speaking tour from a cruise ship - tour guide was very informative. Not expensive like some churches you go into in fact unless you do the top of the cathedral or crypt you don't pay

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