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Duomo di Monreale

Address: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 90046 Monreale, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0039 091 640 4413
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Monreale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Cathedral of Monreale is the greatest monument of Norman Sicily. The monumental complex...
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

It is probably one of the msot beautiful churches I ever visited. All the walls are full of mosaics depcting scenes of Jesus's life and those of the old testament. Amazing is the Pantocrator on the abs nd the icon of Mary.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Hard to imagine tyhis from the outside. Incredibly crafted mosaics from the 12th century in fantastic condition. Especially breathtaking if you can arrange to visit when the sunlight is htiing one side or the other.

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ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

A 10 min bus ride from Palermo. A beautiful view of Palermo. The Church is a must see-beautiful mosaics inside.

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The somewhat plain external façade belies the magnificent interior. Walking in, the sheer extent of beautiful mosaics almost overwhelms. The Norman King employed the best craftsmen, both Arab and Byzantine, for the high decoration, with the results that we are fortunate to see today. From the floor to the ceiling everything is wonderfully ornate. The nave and apse are filled... More 

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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We were on a cruise, that tour entailed entering via many steps at the front, however we made our own way by taxi its about 10 minute ride, the driver parked in the pretty square I now know why the tours stop at the front with all the steps there is no way buses can get up there through very... More 

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Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have seen my share of cathedrals.... but this one is for sure amongst the most magnificent buildings I have seen. The richness of its intererior decoration is incredible. The variety of scenes and the techniques of the artists are baffling. It is a bit of a detour to drive up to Monreale from Palermo, but it is worth it... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The scale and vitality of the mosaics in the Duomo are quite overwhelming. Do not miss the enchanting Cloister next door

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Antwerp Province, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is the monumental cathedral which you may not miss while staying on Sicily. It is one of the most magnificent churches I've ever visited. Take your time to enjoy as much as you can from the centuries-old mosaics. Outside, you get a marvellous view as a bonus.

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Robertsbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

absolutely beautiful :) stunning decor, mesmerising mosaics, climbing to the top extremely reasonably priced and lovely views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This was a pleasant surprise to me. After a while you can get serious cathedral overload, but this place amazed me. Perfectly preserved with beautiful mosaics, it was one of the prettiest and more interesting cathedrals I've seen. It is located high on a hill outside of Palermo, so there is lots of walking to get there, but most worthy... More 

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