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Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti

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Address: Via Dei Benedettini 3, 90134, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091-651-5019
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This important monument is well-recognized for its Arab architecture, which...

This important monument is well-recognized for its Arab architecture, which contains three domes and cubic forms that are representative of an Oriental influence.

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Garden oasis

Beautiful, serene spot not far from Capella Palatina. The gardens and ruins around the domed church are a lovely sanctuary. The only visitors when we saw it, we loved the solitude... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2016
Loren154976
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Halifax, Canada
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Peaceful and quiet, there's barely any tourists here. Beautiful garden and cloisters to sit and reflect.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is actually free to get into this Church. However the two old guys on the door have handwritten a sign saying 6 Euros, and have a packet of tickets to the ruins in Selinunte that they are passing off as official entry tickets to this Church. They will only actually give you the ticket if you actually request it,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting but quite sparsely decorated. I had expected something more ornate (having visited other Palermo churches) but this church was very plain and possibly more in keeping with the time that it was built.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Beautiful, serene spot not far from Capella Palatina. The gardens and ruins around the domed church are a lovely sanctuary. The only visitors when we saw it, we loved the solitude and tranquility of this place.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This is lovely and odd. At the time of the Norman kings of Sicily this was the site of a monastery outside the city walls. Now, all that is left is the chapel and a very lovely cloister from a later date. The chapel is quintessential Arab-Norman, very spare but intriguing. Lovely jungly plantings on the grounds. Take a few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

I was lucky that when I was there it was not crowded. It's so beautiful, especially the gardens, and I really enjoyed walking around, taking pictures, sitting quietly in the gardens.

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Murmansk, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

We`ve looked at Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti after we`ve come from Monreale. This church is situated not far from Piazza Indipendenza where our bus came. The main advantage of this former monastery is the amazing blend of Arab-Norman architecture. It`s the merit of architect Giuseppe Patricolo who preffered to rebuild sicilian churches in their original Arab-Norman style but... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

This former monastery was endowed by King Roger II. The church, the cloister and some walls survive to give a hint of the life of a religious community during the golden age of the Norman rulers of Sicily. the church is undecorated, making the architectural details visible. Located a short distance from the Palazzo Normani and far less crowded. Their... More 

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Former convent, former mosque, former ... there is little to see inside except to admire the extraordinary ground plan. But the real joy is the garden/cloister full of cool ghosts escaping the Sicilian heat.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

This small quiet church was lovely. It's peaceful and a nice place to spend 30 minutes. It has clear arbic influences ,particularly in the small garden walk

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