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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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The statuary out side adds to the square. I like the style and the flying buttresses were interesting. I was disappointed that on a Sunday afternoon it was locked up. I have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The statuary out side adds to the square. I like the style and the flying buttresses were interesting. I was disappointed that on a Sunday afternoon it was locked up. I have been locked out other days but fully expected to be able to enter on the Sabbath.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We were recommended this Cathedral by Massimo whose apartment we rented for a week,it was a present walk up to the Cathedral which took about 10 mins from the Plaza Macada .The Cathedral has a fee for a more intensive tour but otherwise it is free to wander around and admire the different alters,you don't have to be religious to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This was a highlight of my day in Palermo. Stunning building. We sat and had a drink in a bar alongside the cathedral and it was lovely. The grounds are nice to walk about too. Nice little shops opposite too. I found the rest of Palermo quite run down but this part was lovely and certainly worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The cathedral is great on the outside, and gives a picture of beautiful mixed architecture of Palermo, however I was very disappointed when we went inside. I am aware that it will not change, but I just needed to state my disappointment when we went inside. After other churches in Italy we went to and art we saw, this was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

After visiting the Cathedral of Monreale (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED), Palermo's own Cathedral was a let-down. Its interior was not at all as impressive as its exterior, and I'd recommend not waiting in line (if there is one) to visit. Palermo has several far more interesting churches to see (e.g. Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, La Martorana).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The cathedral is a jewel outside but a bit poor inside, an exception are a couple of baroque chapels and the secret of zodiac signs on the ground. Anyway you cannot skip the visit to this artistically wonderful place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A very beautiful Cathedral. We have been able to hear even ringing bells. the inside is very beautiful. This is the best Catholic Cathedral that I saw. But I did not like that on the fence attractions drawn graffiti and the authorities do nothing to contain vandalism on such a beautiful place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Interesting for history both of The Norman era and contemporary but not as spectacular as the Capella Palatina or Monreal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

A complex mix of Arab-Norman-Byzantine architectural styles. This cathedral has an amazing front portico, but it is recommended that the rear also be examined. The interior has to be seen to be believed - simply stunning. A guided explanation to fully understand the symbology is recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Cathedral outdoor is wonderful but indoor is very simple. Prefer Palatine chapel (Norman Palace) to see impressive interior decorations.

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