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“Interesting romanesque church outside the city centre” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi

San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi
Via Cappello 38, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #52 of 155 attractions in Palermo
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Gent, België
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105 reviews 105 reviews
77 attraction reviews
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“Interesting romanesque church outside the city centre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

The church lies within a little garden, approximately 2kms from the city center. It has al the 'trimmings' you come to expect from a norman romanesque church in Palermo. When you go there don't forget to have a look at the nearby medieval bridge.

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London, United Kingdom
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“The Normans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2009

According to a legend the church was built in 1071 while the Normans were besieging the city. After the capture of the castle of Yahia (only a few traces remain in the floor of the church) the Normans built on its foundations a church dedicated to St. John. The small church is considered one of the oldest Norman style buildings in Palermo. Thanks to a restoration carried out in the early 20TH century the church has reacquired its original appearance. The exterior of the building is bare except for the windows that appear carved. The entrance is quite simple and is preceded by a small portico. The interior has a basilica form tripartite by pillars with wooden ceiling and a dome. Very Beautiful.

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