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Cattedrale di Palermo

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Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 90134, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 3293977513
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Would highly recommend this place for families its really breath taking. There are no other words to describe, you should definitely give it a try.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Would highly recommend this place for families its really breath taking. There are no other words to describe, you should definitely give it a try.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This church is absolutely beautiful inside, and has amazing artwork. If you get the entire tour tickets, you climb to the top and get a wonderful view of the city. The small museum with artifacts is pretty awesome as is the crypt. I wasn't harassed to wear a robe so that was a plus. :)

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The cathedral is beautifully done outside and inside ! You have the possibility to climb its indoor stairs and it'll give you a beautiful view all over Palermo . You will find many souvenir shops and coffee shops just outside. Recommended for a fascinating architectural experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unfortunately much of the decoration inside the church was taken out and not really replaced with much. It is worth a visit, but the inside won't take long!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enormous edifice with impressive grounds and frescoes. Optional (paid) entry to the tower and tombs. A peaceful spot to visit while in Palermo.

Thank Tony C
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place will catch your eye as you approach. The outward structure is quite a monolith. It's hard to take it all in! It's beautiful on the inside, worth going in to gaze at the artworks. I was just strolling by and so did not go on any tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This cathedral is a mish-mash of styles and worth exploring. The reliquary of Sta. Rosalia alone dazzles (she is one of the patrons of Palermo). The tombs of the early rulers of Sicily, in red porphiry, are quite stark but historically interesting. The real attraction is the roof. The stairs are steep and spiral (I am terrified of stairs) but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The outside is by far one of the most beautiful setting of any Cathedral I have seen across Europe. The inside, while equally beautiful, does not compare to the architectural framework set by the outside.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing architecturally to be noted. But the outer courtyard is a nice place to relax before walking on to other sights.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Generally, I don't visit Cathedrals or these types of places when I travel, but this place was somewhat interesting as for €7 you can climb the roof, visit the Royal treasury and tombs. Pay the extra to climb the roof but be prepared for some serious stairs.

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