Duomo di Cefalù
Duomo di Cefalù
4.5
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8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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An amazing trip in the Beauty! Visit the Cathedral, explore the Itinerary with the Towers, the Roofs, the Treasure and the Canonical Cloister! Live the Beauty! Itineraries are temporarily closed for winter season.
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  • Aleksandra P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love Sicily
    Love Sicily, a specially the place where we stayed Cefalu. Beautiful small town with amazing bars and restaurants. Also the Etna which btw was not sleeping was cool to see. And absolutely beautiful Taormina on that way. I can wait to go back :)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Claude M
    Vence, France952 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting site.
    We visited the Duomo and got the tickets to visit the towers and roof. Minor disappointment, the mosaic in the nave was in restoration, so we did not get to see it. The views from the towers are interesting. The inside of the church is very plain and austere. In a way the outside is more unique, very reflective of the Norman influence on the island.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Susan K
    New York City, New York1,035 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like mosaics- it is known to have the most elegant one in Sicily
    We visited this free UNESCO World Heritage site-as part of our walking tour of Cefalu. It looks like a fortified castle. It was built between 1131 and 1240 by the Norman King Roger 11. The attached cloister is the oldest in Sicily. IT is opened every day from 8-12:45 and 3:30-5:45.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2024
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe4,753 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The exterior of this Duomo is magnificent
    When we visited this Duomo some thirty years ago, we could only see the decoration of the apse and admired the mosaic of the Christos Pantocrator. The entrance and the nave were under restoration, so we could not see them. During all these years, my wife was so sad about that and we were delighted about this trip - finally, we will see the whole church! Alas, now we know that due to the shortage of money, only the altar and the apse were decorated. During this visit, we could see only the bare walls of the front part, as the altar and the apse were under restoration! Despite that, we recommend a visit to this church - it is fantastic!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 16, 2024
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,584 contributions
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Nov 2022
This prominent ancient cathedral in golden hues is a standout from various vantage points around Cefalu. It was commissioned by Norman King Roger II in 1131 after his ship found refuge at this spot during a harrowing storm. Dedicated to Cefalu’s patron saint Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione (also known as Christ Pantocrator). UNESCO listed, it is famed for its Byzantine-style mosaic of Christ Pantocrator. Besides that, the interior is magnificent in its Latin cross plan combining a trancept, cloister, arches, chapels, distinct altar and apses to create, still, a very solemn space. A must see, in Cefalu.
Written December 15, 2022
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Blue J
Havre de Grace, MD768 contributions
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Jul 2021
If you have been to Monreale then the byzantine Christ image here will be familiar. The altar here is simply breathtaking, and is a must see if you are visiting Cefalu. We had enough time to just do the church tour but there are various options to go to the church tower and such. We visited during a baptism ceremony and it was quite interesting to observe a beautiful ceremony in such an incredible place.

Pictures just do not do it justice and hopefully you will be able to immerse yourself in the visual impact of the interior. Like most Norman constructions, the exterior has the feel of a fortification. How lucky we are to be able to visit such a magnificent building from antiquity? We all felt very blessed.

Even with Covid protocols, the cathedral was open for visitation. Give yourself at least half an hour to walk through the interior and take pictures.
Written August 10, 2021
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maapar
Mount Pleasant, SC866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Visited here and chose the red itinerary which includes everything. First you visit the towers and see the views. Then you go between towers and down to the church where you see the gold mosaics - stunning, Then you visit the treasury and museum with many beautiful artifacts and finally the atmospheric cloisters and garden. All in all, a great visit.
Written June 9, 2022
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
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Nov 2022
The Cathedral of Cefalù was built starting from 1131, and it was consecrated in 1267. It follows the model of the great Cluniac Benedictine basilicas, with a Romanesque-Northern European Norman style.

The mosaic decoration was completed only in the presbytery and currently it covers the apse and about half of the side walls. The mosaics cover an area of over 600 m² (slightly less than 6500 square foot), and they were made between 1145 and 1166, in two phases. For their realization, Roger II called Byzantine masters, from Constantinople.

There is a cloister, that can be visited only in spring and summer.
Although less impressive than the Cathedral of Monreale, this Church is worth a trip from nearby Palermo: by train it takes approximately 50 minutes, and there is one train every hour.
Written December 5, 2022
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Florian254
Norddeutschland1,407 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
There ia a very interesting tour which offers you the most of it, including going partly up the tower, getting in the roof and getting close to the mosaic. I strongly recommend taking that one as it also includes the monastery. A lot to see, some nice explanations and some places and angles you will otherwise not see.

A very nice interior as well, so for a relatively small town like Cefalu very impressive. Oh and do not expect too much from the treasury.
Written November 5, 2021
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Andy M
London, UK154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Bought and content with the cheapest ticket. Despite being and looking 70, the meanies wanted to see my passport to get age discount. Who carries their passport? It felt like residual Mafiosa policy. However, the cheapest ticket lets you see around the main and wonderful body of the Cathederal, then find the far corner entrance to the Cloister and 'treasure' displays.
Written September 20, 2022
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Seeking True Quality
Europe4,753 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
When we visited this Duomo some thirty years ago, we could only see the decoration of the apse and admired the mosaic of the Christos Pantocrator. The entrance and the nave were under restoration, so we could not see them.
During all these years, my wife was so sad about that and we were delighted about this trip - finally, we will see the whole church!
Alas, now we know that due to the shortage of money, only the altar and the apse were decorated. During this visit, we could see only the bare walls of the front part, as the altar and the apse were under restoration!
Despite that, we recommend a visit to this church - it is fantastic!
Written April 16, 2024
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Conrad N
Whitstable, UK1,010 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Highlight of our visit to Cefalu. This is a stunning example of Norman architecture and entrance is free. An organ playing and singing (wedding was due) when we visited added to the magic.

Check the opening times - when we visited it opened at 3pm in the afternoon. This suited us as we arrived early afternoon, had lunch in the square and then went in.
Written May 28, 2022
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JanetBrussels
Brussels, Belgium406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
With so many fabulous churches on the island, I do regret that we basically wasted our day visiting Cefalu. Yes, it's sweet. But the cathedral is closed from 1 to 3.30. we arrived just too late to get in before 1, so spent a lot of time waiting for it to reopen. I really think we could have done something more interesting!

We did go to the washing area, which is sweet.

Basically, if you're in Cefalu don't miss it. But if you're touring and this is a detour, don't arrive just after 12.30!
Written March 2, 2020
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Susan K
New York City, NY1,035 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We visited this free UNESCO World Heritage site-as part of our walking tour of Cefalu. It looks like a fortified castle. It was built between 1131 and 1240 by the Norman King Roger 11. The attached cloister is the oldest in Sicily. IT is opened every day from 8-12:45 and 3:30-5:45.
Written March 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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