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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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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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Beautiful from the outside, average inside

You round the corner and suddenly it's there this very large cathedral. From the outside it's spectacular as you have the large square in front of it and can take some distance to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You round the corner and suddenly it's there this very large cathedral. From the outside it's spectacular as you have the large square in front of it and can take some distance to watch it. Inside it's one of many cathedrals or churches in Italy with some interesting details Honestly you cannot miss this church as it is on the... More 

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Merchtem, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interior nohing special but the exterior is astounishing and very different from all the baroque duomo you find all over Sicily

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was very nice to visit this place. I especially liked the rooftop and the views of the city. I bought a ticket that was all inclusive with crypt and treasury. Next time, i would probably just pat for the rooftop and save money and time.

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have visited Cathedrals in many Italian cities and this one was much the same as many others. I have seen many which are much more interesting

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Travel to Palermo most years - the cathedral and Teatro Massimo are by my favourite places to visit.

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Nuremberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the gratest chathedral in Italy and miby on the wohle world. og course is the history almost interesting to. Raccommended is a guided visit.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

By far the highlight of my visit to this beautiful city, turn right turn left, get lost and embrace the local streets and what you find around the corner is always a treat. If you go this is a must, if you can try get to the roof top the view on a good day are spectacular.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cathedral, like much of Palermo, is a fascinating mixture of many of the different cultures that have swept over Sicily across the millennia. For example, right before you enter, look at the column on the left with an Arabic inscription, I believe from the Koran. But there's almost too much mixing here. It lacks the feeling of integrity of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cathedral in Palermo is not as beautifully decorated as many others in Italy, but it has many interesting and vivid touches, such as the paintings that seem to burst from the ceiling, and the remarkable silver chapel. It is spacious and airy inside, and a lovely place to sit and meditate, or pray, or simply enjoy the quiet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on a cruise with MSC Preziosa and one of the stops was Palermo. We walked the entire town without a guide, it was 15 December, 20 degrees we were in T-shirt, lovely weather, lovely people, and lovely food. The coffee shots were great! The cathedral was one of the most impressive buildings in Palermo, a must-see when you're... More 

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