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Duomo di Monreale

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 90046 Monreale, Sicily, Italy
0039 091 640 4413
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Monreale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: The Cathedral of Monreale is the greatest monument of Norman Sicily. The monumental complex, consisting of the Basilica, the monastery and the Royal... more » Owner description: The Cathedral of Monreale is the greatest monument of Norman Sicily. The monumental complex, consisting of the Basilica, the monastery and the Royal Palace was built in the twelfth century. « less
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Trencin, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

If you are into architecture, sacral art and decoration, especialy mosaics of a such huge amount, quality and walls area covered so that one cannot believe his eyes how this is possible to create and who did that labour from millions of small coloured pieces, how long it took to finish. The result is awesome art with many old testament... More

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Stockport, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Very interesting monuments in a lovely little village not far from Palermo. Get the bus, as parking is impossible in summer.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We took the bus up to see this attraction - at first not sure if to bother but after seeing the interior we understood why it's no. 1 on the list of things to see in Palermo. Entrance is free but there are a couple of places inside the Duomo that require payment to enter. The restoration and attention to... More

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Wokingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A really impressive Cathedral, well worth the trip inland to see it. It totally dominates the town of Monreale. We had a very informative guide who provided a whispered audio-description through our headsets (competing with others doing the same time!). Most striking were the mosaics which told the key bible-stories from Adam and Eve onwards to the largely-illiterate population at... More

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

For such a small town, the Duomo is way out of proportion, dominating the town in terms of size and grandeur. If you go to Monreale you have to visit the Duomo

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Landmark, one of the must-sees of Sicily, in authentic Sicilian village. one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world.

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Province of Pisa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

One of the top places to see in the World! Mosaics really are not our cup of tea but we were blown away by the quality and expanse of the site.

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Chicago Ridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

One of the great mosaic cycles of Europe (actually more than one - covers the walls). They have lights on during services - sit quietly and they do not seem to mind. Binoculars come in handy. The tombs to the right of the choir are spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

a good tip come 8 a.m before many are coming.very nice pictures and you dont have to visit the other place next door

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Everyone writes about the marvelous cathedral but there are very few explanations of how to get there by public transport. I think that there are four options: 1. We took a standard AMAT bus from Piazza Politeama to Piazza Indipendenza (numbers 104 or 108), then another standard AMAT bus (numbers 309, 339 or 389) from the main road (not the... More

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