Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)

Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana), Palermo

Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)

Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)
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9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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This chapel is known for its superb gold Byzantium mosaics.
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Sally62
Northampton, UK4,576 contributions
The last time we visited, we were only able to see the mosaics from the back of the church for a minute or two as it was about to shut. This time, we made sure to visit when you were free to walk around and I would advise you to do the same. It's a small church but the mosaics are just stunning. You do have to pay to enter but you can buy a ticket that allows cheaper entry into other sites in the city too. Check the visiting times on the website before you visit and don't miss it.
Written January 11, 2020
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kevin0brien
Cardiff, UK130 contributions
This is without question one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever seen. The whole of the interior tells the most wonderful stories and is quite breathtaking.
Make sure you put this on your Sicily bucket list.
Written November 14, 2021
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Jazzumbo
Romania1,578 contributions
Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio (Church of the Admiral) was built about 900 years ago by Muslim constructors for an Orthodox Christian admiral – George of Antioch, who paid mosaic crafters from Constantinople to come to Palermo and decorate it with stunning Byzantine mosaics. One of the mosaics depicts George of Antioch praying to Virgin Mary, while another one shows the Norman King Roger of Sicily receiving the power and crown directly from Jesus. After the death of the admiral, the church became Catholic and starting from XVI century went under several transformations and restorations.
Currently, some of the Byzantine mosaics, displaying messages in Greek language, are still visible near the Catholic frescoes painted in XVIII century, while the high altar is Baroque. Since George of Antioch was fluently speaking Arabic, there are also some Arabic inscriptions on two of the columns, so the mixture of styles and influences in this church is really mind-blowing.
Written October 22, 2020
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Kciff
Fox Island, WA1,016 contributions
Take a seat inside you will need time to absorb the sight. The interior design is full of symmetry from the ceiling to the floor, side isles. After sitting for awhile walk around and look at the paintings. Then step outside and marvel at the architecture of the whole building which is a mix of styles with a baroque entry and a Norman tower.
Written February 27, 2020
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
The Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio ( LA Martorana) established in 1143 and underwent changes and extensions during the Baroque period. The church has a plethora of stucco and enamel decorations, wonderful fresco paintings and an amazing mosaic of "Jesus Pantokrator Surrounded by Angels." One of a variety of mosaics on the walls and whichever way you look. This church is a highly recommended site NOT 2 B MISSED.
Written June 6, 2020
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David F
Msida, Malta27 contributions
I visted this beautiful old church some fours years ago on a organized tour with thankfully knowledgeable guides. - a scene of historic and artistic wonder, but unfortunately rather crowded when we visited. I seem to remember a remarkable mosaic showing King Roger being crowned directly by Christ, while that the building had Saracen influences and features. I would love to re-visit. Recomended.
Written February 8, 2020
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,518 contributions
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This should be at the top of anyone's list of sites that are essential to see. Impressive mosaics above all. Pay attention to the division of the building between the Medieval frescoes and later mosaics. You can see the difference in periods right down to the floor tiles.
Very impressive site.
Written March 8, 2022
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GalwayForever
Dublin, Ireland24 contributions
Martorana church has got one of the most beautiful terrace on Palermo city and Dock I 've never enjoyed.
Church itself is a little treasure : indoor and outdoor. Little steeps lead you easily to the roof to admire the scenario.
Down there a little, exquisite tipical Italian courte garden with a fountain, welcome you untill the Martorana pasticceria. So you must take a piece of Martorana fruit or a Sicilian Cannolo! Superb location.
Written July 22, 2021
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Bex Deptford
London, UK86 contributions
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This is an amazing little gem easy to miss. It belongs to the Albanian/Arbëresh eparchy, which kept the eastern orthodox rite since they arrived here in 15th century fleeing from Turks in their homeland. The liturgy is in old Greek and old Albanian. The frescoes are divine. A glimpse into mini Condtantinople in the middle of Sicily
Written March 5, 2020
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Aburel
Bucharest, Romania2,402 contributions
Very small church to bring together Greek and baroque at the same place. Beautiful mosaics, amazing lighting, beautiful choral music as a background. A truly amazing experience. Take a sit, admire the ceiling and listen.
Written January 2, 2020
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