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Cattedrale di Palermo

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Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 90134, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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+39 3293977513
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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Breathtaking

Beautiful in and out. I would say I was more impressed by the view outside though. Definitely put on your "must" list while in Palermo.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The exterior of the cathedral is impressive and slightly oriental. However the interior is disappointing. It is worth paying to see the tombs. The ones in the crypt are mainly Roman ones reused in the Middle Ages and are interesting. The tombs of the Norman Kings are very impressive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful in and out. I would say I was more impressed by the view outside though. Definitely put on your "must" list while in Palermo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

In a city that appears rather run down and impoverished, the cathedral is an extraordinary building with its wonderful Norman/Moorish architecture. Contrary to some other reviews, we thought it was very beautiful inside as well as outside. Like many of its kind it was built over many centuries. Free entry but it is possible to pay for tours which include... More 

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When you get in front of this church you are left speechless. It is located in the historic center and it is very nice to walk along the course

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is a Italian style cathedral. The roof is expensive and without panoramic view. You can visit the church San Salvatore for roof (cupola) panoramic view.

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Stop in to see this unique cathedral. You'll have to pay a small fee, but the rooftop gives a great view.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The color of this cathedral against a rich blue is something you will want to see at different times of day. The inner Cathedral is not as ornate as some but there are numerous things in the Cathedral which represent the high artistic efforts of the time in Palermo. You can walk up to the top of the building for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

By chance I happened to visit during mass which gave it a special atmosphere. On certain days they are also offering tours of the 'treasure' or the roof, which I did not see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting site from outside with extensive beautiful gardens, but nothing inside worth mentioning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a sunny warm day at the end of October. The Cathedral was gorgeous! A narrow street can take you to a small fenced square with palms. The cathedral is free to visit. Next to the cathedral - on the other side of the street there is a small palm park, called Villa Bonanno, where you can take beautiful... More 

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