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Address: Piazza Guglielmo II, 90046 Monreale, Sicily, Italy
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+39 091 640 4413
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Spectacular but rethink local bus

The cathedral is everything that people praise. This review is a note of caution. The bus that goes to Monreale is very infrequent, like every 1 1/2 hours. It is a very small bus... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The cathedral is everything that people praise. This review is a note of caution. The bus that goes to Monreale is very infrequent, like every 1 1/2 hours. It is a very small bus that makes all local stops. On a February Monday, there was virtually not one inch of floor spce left...that crowded.! The return trip was only marginally... More 

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Leyland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Duomo presides over the centre of Monreale facing two open squares from its towers and terraces you get sweeping views across the town and surrounding countryside. Inside gleaming mosaics executed by Greek craftsmen are simply breathtaking with around 600,000 kilos of gold leaf being used in their construction. The great columns mostly eggshell granite with the odd one of... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From the 1100's. Built in the Norman age by Muslims. Very moorish design. Upper church decorated by multi-cultural craftsmen. The mosaics are incredible. 92 stairs up from the parking area. Panoramic view of Palermo at the back end of the cathedral. A very wonderful sight in the Palermo area. We loved it. If this review is helpful then please indicate... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bit of a journey to get up there, but oh so worth it... The craftsmanship of the mosaics is breathtaking, as is the view. To be honest, it took so long to get there that my youngest wasn't as enthusiastic as I was to marvel at the mosaic art. Luckily, there was a variety of places to get ice cream... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To behold the wonder of monument and mighty works of humble yet gifted men is endless joy. Such masterpieces built by the hands of someone's father, son or brother. All that laboured must have found peace in their lives and rest in their souls. They do not create beauty and exqisite craftmanship in this world today as was done in... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OVERALL: A super-sized Palatina Chapel (Palermo Royal Palace) with great mosaic artistry. Outside, great hiltop views of Palermo. HELPFUL TIP: 1) BATHROOM is at the cafe across the courtyard. The Duomo does not have one. Buy a well-priced cappuccino and a little relief :-). 2) BINOCULARS - the security ropes make seeing the mosaic detail over the alter difficult

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Annecy, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably the second most beautiful thing I have seen in my life ! Don't leave Palermo without seeing it .It is about 6km away , you need to find transport or ask a guide , even better . Count at least an hour and half for the visit . Mosaics and beauty like you have never experienced . A jewel... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

This is a MUST SEE attraction. Bring binoculars. Bring a zoom lens for your camera. Take time to savor the mosaic art. The quality, detail, beauty and amount of the mosaic art is overwhelming. We were lucky enough to attend an evening service where we had the time and quiet to absorb their beauty. This is easy to do on... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

Attended Christmas Mass here, plus many visits to see beautiful mosaics. Parking hard to come by, better idea to walk into town if possible.

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Fullerton, California, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

I've traveled all around the world. My wife and I are of Catholic culture and have seen many churches. This is in the top three churches I've ever seen. Besides St. Mark's in Venice, and the Sistine Chapel, this is one of the best. Every square inch is a marvel inside and out. The town is beautiful with great views... More 

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