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Cathedral of Monreale

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Address: Piazza Guglielmo II, 90046 Monreale, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 091 640 4413
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A mosaic masterpiece!

This was my second trip to this Cathedral and it just gets better. I admit I skipped walking up and down the 92 steps and took a taxi for 10 euros each way. Worth every penny... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was my second trip to this Cathedral and it just gets better. I admit I skipped walking up and down the 92 steps and took a taxi for 10 euros each way. Worth every penny! The scale and quality of all of the mosaic work is just breathtaking and it cannot be missed if you are anywhere near Palermo.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's a short, almost straight, ride from Palermo to get to Monreale. The Cathedral has a beautiful interior which in some parts rivals the Palatine Chapel in Palermo When I visited there was a service going on so I could not see all of it. When you arrive by car just follow the signs to the first car park. You... More 

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Caldaro sulla Strada del Vino, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Monreale is a historic hill-town just outside Palermo. It's a picturesque place most famous for the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. A splendid place well worth the visit !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Almost coming up on noon, and the sun was getting brighter, the Duomo was cool and dark inside but not too dark when your eyes adjusted to the natural light coming in. In retrospect, I am thinking about how massive the whole thing is... the ceiling height, the pipe organ, the murals and mosaics, the altar... This is one beautiful,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a big fan of mosaics, and this cathedral's are absolutely stunning. It's not just their beauty, and they are really beautiful, but the way they tell the biblical stories. They're the best narrative mosaics I've ever seen. Be sure to look carefully at the one in the Noah and the Flood sequence, where you can see bodies floating in... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simple exterior, amazing interior. Beautiful mosaics presented on the walls and ceilings. Enjoy the beautiful scenery during the 20 minutes uphill bus ride from Palermo to Monreale. We visited on the afternoon of Christmas Eve and did not have time to visit the Treasury and surrounding areas. We will be back in Monreale again!

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Rio Claro, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's an amazing place! The golden mosaics are really beautiful. The outside is plain but you've got a wonderful surprise when you get in it.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overlooking Palermo, the town of Monreale straddles a slope of Mount Caputo which overlooks Palermo and is about eight kilometers south of that city. It is easily reached by public transport -- bus no. 389 will get you there in about 30 minutes, depending on traffic. IMHO, no trip to Palermo or indeed to Sicily would be complete without a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Monreale cathedral is a stunning sight/site both inside and out. The building impresses from the outside but the inside takes your breath away. It is a Byzantine construction and, as with many others, the inside walls are covered with astounding mosaic work creating a thing of beauty. The only comparison is St Mark's in Venice and I would not like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As many reviews and guidebooks say, it is hard to see why Monreale is not yet a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a very stunning cathedral interior. If there is not a long queue the climb up to the roof is fun too, although the staircase is one way only in places so best to avoid a crowded day.... More 

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