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“Spectacular and impossible to describe! A MUST see site!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Duomo di Monreale

Duomo di Monreale
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 90046 Monreale, Sicily, Italy
0039 091 640 4413
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Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Monreale
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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.
Stockholm, Sweden
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“Spectacular and impossible to describe! A MUST see site!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I had heard so much about this Cathedral and all the beautiful mosaics and knew I must see it but I wasn't prepared for the magnitude of greatness I saw! The audio guides are also excellent!

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“The Most Precious of Churches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

I've seen a lot of churches in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal -- and there's a certain sameness to most of them. Of all the churches I've visited, however, I would say that the Monreale Duomo is the most memorable. The walls are covered with exquisite mosaics that are truly awe-inspiring. Monreale is less than 10 miles from Palermo and easily reached by bus -- so make time for an eye-popping visit

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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“How to get”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

The cheapest way to get from Palermo: find a stop on Emanuelle corso near palazzo Reale and piazza independence , there you can wait a public bus which goes both ways , but be sure it doesn't go very often. Trip takes about 20 minutes and of course depends on traffic jams.

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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“nice cathedral”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

free entry, Very nice Cathedral, but the gardens were a bit neglected and overpriced. The serenity of the place was slightly compromised by the noise of power tools used for restoration (as usual).

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“A Gem of Monreale”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Built of golden Sicilian stone by King William II on a mountaintop overlooking Palermo, the Duomo combines Moorish and Norman styles and is famed for the matchless multicolored mosaics that glorify every centimeter of wall space. Most of the Old and the New Testament stories you're likely to have heard are depicted here, dramatically visualized with a host of human and animal figures. A huge, majestic Christ the Pantocrator broods over it all in the central apse. From the incense-filled interior and its 6,000 square yards of dazzling mosaics, step into the blinding sunshine of equally famous cloisters of the adjacent Benedectine abbey.

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