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Cattedrale di Palermo

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Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 90134, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 3293977513
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This cathedral was started in 1185 by the norman archbishop Gualtiero...

This cathedral was started in 1185 by the norman archbishop Gualtiero Offamilio. You can visit the Royal and Imperial tomb of Frederik the II, the urn with the relics of the patron Saint of Palermo Santa Rosalia, plus a treasury with a precious medieval crown and a crypt from the VII century. The church is free to enter, there is a ticket to access the monumental area composed by royal tombs, treasury, crypt and the roof.

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Free to go in, the outside is spectacular, the inside not so much

Walking up a typical Palermo street, suddenly this magnificent building appears. Worth the walk just to stare at it on the outside. You can pay to go up towers and things but I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walking up a typical Palermo street, suddenly this magnificent building appears. Worth the walk just to stare at it on the outside. You can pay to go up towers and things but I didn't bother.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Arriving in Palermo, the first what you see is the splendid Cathedral, like a fortess, very impressive, and overall well known; Frederic II (1212-1250), the grandson of Barbarossa, is buryed in this Cathedral. He was the last king of roman empire, a German & Sicilian king, a souvereign ruler of heigh education; he constructed the castel del Monte in sud... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My first view of the cathedral was "wow!" Because I had no idea this building was so impressive inside and out. No entry charge, so go inside, linger and soak up the beautiful interior. Pay the extra 5 € and climb the narrow stairway to the roof. It was a beautiful Fall day and the view from the top of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The silver Chapel is beautiful & quite unique...Lovely Cathedral! See for yourself!!A tour guide really helps bring out the back ground of the cathedral

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A big cathedral which constructed by Normands.Very beautiful design and extraordinary paintings at walls.A place that everyone must visit at Palermo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From outside, the cathedral is beautiful. It is fascinating to see how each civilisation has added their touch to the cathedral, making it like a puzzle of history. It is worth walking in the streets around the cathedral to see the architecture all around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed our walk to the Cathedral, nice to sit outside and admire the gorgeous building. Not as ornate inside as I thought it would be, compared to a lot of the churches we visited in Sicily but maybe that's a good thing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cathedral looks like a castle, very impressive with interiors and history to match. Definitely worth taking a walk up to its roof though you need to be fairly fit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a sight to see. Absolutely fantastic. When my wife and I visited in September, 2016 there were many visitors which is normal for this site as it is one of Palermo's sites to see. The interior was mind blowing. Free to enter. A must on everyone's bucket list.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful building, both from the inside and outside. A visit to the rooftop is a must if you are fit enough to climb those stairs! Great view over Palermo especially in a nice wather.

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