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Duomo di Monreale

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 90046 Monreale, Sicily, Italy
0039 091 640 4413
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Monreale
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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Portland, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I am a certified world traveler. I've been to Italy a dozen times or more. This cathedral is up there with St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, and the duomo in Siena, as the most beautiful on the planet. If you are in the Palermo area, you must see this church. Another is the chapel in the Norman Palace in Palermo,... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

You can loose yourself in the tons of Mosaics, in the stories, they tell, in the stories of the People that pallned and realized them - or you just sit there and let the atmosphere let absorb you.

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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We drove our car out of Palermo Central. Bad traffic quite entertaining though to fiddle ones way through it. What should have taken half an hour took one hour. It can be important as the church closes over lunch time. The mosaics are impressive. Unfortunately missed the museum because it closed for lunch. The cloister garden is very nice too.... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a fantastic building. The mosaics are worth a couple of hours at least and if you don't mind paying then walk up to the roof and get a good view down over the cloisters and across to Palermo. The miniature sculptures on the marble capitals are great although it costs 6 euros to see them. There is no... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Fabulous frescos and amazing cloister carved pillars, each pillar deserving of detailed examination.

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Telford,Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This Church is well worth a trip to see. Even bigger than the Cappella Palatina in Palermo. Built in 1143 with gilded mosaics which cover most of the Church depicting Bible stories. A pleasant Square to sit in the sun and enjoy the sun and high enough to get magnificent views back to Palermo.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We went to visit the Duomo for the morning. It is truly beautiful, set in a bustling square. If you seek respite from the heat & hustle/bustle, take refuge in their gardens. The views over Palermo are also a treat.

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Just magnificent mosaics. Make sure you visit the Cloisters and also go up on the roof for stunning views.

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Brasilia, DF
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

This stunning Sicilian cathedral is so full of beauty that I find it difficult to choose from which aspect I begin to talk about it. Founded in 1174 together with a Benedictine monastery, by the King William II, it is located in a high place called ‘Conca d’Oro’ or Golden Valley, from which one can enjoy a nice view of... More

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Hobart
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

If you can only go to one church in Sicily then make it this one. The mosaics are truly spectacular. Getting there was a challenge as the local bus service had suspended their service to Monreale. We caught the direct hop-on hop-off bus that leaves from the piazza near the Norman Palace, costs 10 euro per person return but entry... More

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