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“Not a big deal” 3 of 5 stars
Review of San Giovanni degli Eremiti

San Giovanni degli Eremiti
Via dei Benedettini 3, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
091-651-5019
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Ranked #71 of 155 attractions in Palermo
Type: Ancient Ruins, Gardens, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Walking, Viewing foliage
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Owner description: This important monument is well-recognized for its Arab architecture, which contains three domes and cubic forms that are representative of an Oriental influence.
Holmdel, New Jersey
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“Not a big deal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

So Frommer's puts this in the top 3 things to visit when in Palermo. For the 6 euro's you pay, you see very little. Maybe it's worth 2 euro's and maybe not.

Visited May 2012
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“Arab and Norman influences”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

The garden with the fig trees, the many acanthus, the arums, the small beautiful cloister, the Byzantine cupolas, the stark interior, all pleased me.

Visited April 2012
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“Austere beauty.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Like San Cataldo, this little church is another Arab / Norman architectural fusion. Set in small but peaceful grounds (ruined cloisters) the four, pink Arab domes complement the austere Norman architecture perfectly. The interior, with its simple groin vaults, is elegant and beautiful. If you appreciate restraint and simplicity then this is a must. I recommend seeing this on the same day as visiting the, roughly contemporary, Capella Palatina with its sumptuous mosaics. They complement each other perfectly.

Visited March 2012
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Cuckfield, United Kingdom
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“A nice place but not essential”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

There is rather little to see here. The ruins are well maintained, the cloisters are small and pleasant, and it is interesting to see the 5 red domes. However, there was little else to keep us here, although it was a complete contrast to the Baroque-fest elsewhere or the unmaintained ruins elsewhere in the city.

Visited February 2012
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“Now renovated but pricey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2009

San Giovanni is a little oasis in the middle of the mad city, a lovely garden full of palms and pomegranates just metres from the insane Palermo traffic. The building has been renovated but they are now charging €6, which seems a little steep given that there's not really anything to see once you get inside. Like the other Arab-Norman buildings in Palermo, it looks much more impressive from outside. Worth a stop if you want a break from pounding the streets and dodging scooters...

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