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Cathedral of Palermo

Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091 334373
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Ranked #18 of 143 Attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: This cathedral was started in 1184 to replace the Muslim mosque with...
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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.
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This is a grand old cathedral with superb mosaics, and lots of statuary. There is a shrine to a local priest who was murdered by the Mafia. This adds local color.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Very handsome 12th century cathedral. Nothing not to like. On the A list of things to see. Dedicated to Santa Rosalie patron saint of the city.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

beautiful cathedral. If you like history and architecture, it is a good place to go. But it was under reconstruction the time we went. Did not have the chance to see the whole cathedral.

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Shawnee Mission, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Church has a lot of history. Parts are beautiful inside...the baroque parts and then was update in the mid 1800's where they took the baroque out and replaced ceiling in the neoclassical style. Interesting contrast. Beautiful!

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Williamstown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Sicily has been conquered by many different peoples over the centuries. The Palermo Catherdral is characterized by the presence of different styles, due to a long history of additions, alterations and restorations, the last of which occurred in the 18th century. Its architectural style is Norman, Moorish, Gothic, Baroque and neoclassical. In 1185 there was a contest between Palermo and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

An unusual Cathedral : The main entrance located at a third the length - and on the side. A dome NOT on the end of the building. A large clock -- on a church? What happened to the clock on the Town Hall? Four bell towers - and the largest of them on the building next door. Two flying buttresses... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Some interesting things about this cathedral: the west facade, which is normally the main entry facing onto a square or plaza and the facade one sees and associates with a catholic church, looks onto a narrow street with another building directly across from it. So you can't get a good view of the facade. The main entry and the plaza... More 

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Seminole, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

My mother told me of another place to visit this church she says it was beautiful inside like the dourma in Monreale... very very nice... we loved to view all the frescos inside and loved to pray there. thank you for finding this for us

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

When in Palermo you are going to get through a few churches but this is one of the ones you should not miss and if you get bored of being inside the church you can pay to walk across the roof which is a view worth seeing.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

very large Cathedral a mixture of many different styles and periods,more impressive from the outside than inside. The sculptures of the outside entrance are being restored and are hidden for the moment. Treasures crypt and tombs of average interest

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