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Cathedral of Palermo

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091 334373
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Ranked #21 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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Bologna, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The cathedral is impressive. So big and decorated. It is a mix of muslim and christian culture. It is a shame that they put a ticket to visit the royal coffins. My friend from Palermo told me it is something new. To see, from the outside, the back, where inside stands the apse. They've just cleaned it so you can... More

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London
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The cathedral is attractive within, but not as attractive as others like Monreale for example. But by paying to go on the roof you get spectacular views of the Palermo

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NY/London
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15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had a nice visit to the Cathedral while on our own walking tour of the historical town. Lovely cathedral and work a visit.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Despite its external architecture and size, this building, I thought was quite plain. It was busy and it is undergoing some external work.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It is one of the things you must see in Palermo. Well kept and preserved, you can walk around un-disturbed and it is - like most of the Italian cathedrals I visited, spectacular.

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Terni, Italy
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The Cathedral for sure has the silver tumb of Santa Rosalia and the tumbs of the Normands, but you can't talk about mafia and skip the visit to the tumb of the prist Puglisi that was killed by mafia

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Split, Croatia
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The cathedral has an interesting door, which was partly in scaffolding, other than that it is just another huge Italian church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Appreciate this Cathedral from its courtyard to take in the wonderful sculptures and architecture. The side entrance had wonderful mosaics.

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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

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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