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Address: Piazza Guglielmo II, 1, 90046 Monreale, Sicily, Italy
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+39 091 640 4413
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A Barque Masterpiece

The main church didn't open until 09:30, so went to see the collisters first of all. Pay extra for that, but worth seeing. They are being restored. The ceiling was worth seeing... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The main church didn't open until 09:30, so went to see the collisters first of all. Pay extra for that, but worth seeing. They are being restored. The ceiling was worth seeing, the place was full of tourists which takes some of that away, but I guess this is what we all came to see.

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Charmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An incredible cathedral and fantastic inside, but for me, some of the churches in Palermo were better. Only a personal view but considering the mileage to get there, not my number one.

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Hong Kong
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably one of the most impressive churches you might visit. Whether Catholic or not, you may attend to the Sunday Mass at 10:30 am, all the mosaics are lit, the choir is singing in Latin and Italian, you let yourself be immersed in the beauty of the architecture and the grandeur of the liturgy. Apart from masses, there is no... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's certainly worth a visit, the mosaics are gorgeous. Entrance to the cathedral is free. Make sure you visit the cloister. It's €6 to enter.

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CheltenhamPaul
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing can quite prepare you for what you see when entering this cathedral. Others have already spoken of the history and background. So some practical information from me. If you drive there as we did, it is not well sign-posted. Our sat nav said we were at Monreale but no sign of or signs for the cathedral. Not that we... More 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, it is amazing. Just make sure you go a a bright sunny day so the gold tiles can be seen in their splendor. If you have a bit of extra time, spend a few euros and go up on the roof to overlook the gardens and enjoy an magnificent view of the city and gulf of Palermo. We loved... More 

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Thank Craig G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful Norman church with a wonderful historical architectural history. Burial place of St. Louis IX of France. The stories of the Old and New Testament are portrayed on the walls of the Nave, and the Byzantine depiction of Jesus Pantokrator behind the altar is breathtaking. A must visit if you go to Palermo.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So what do you do if you are the grandson of the founding Norman King of Sicily? Build a cathedral of course! And what a knock out number this is. Every square metre of ceilings and walls are bedecked with gilt, mosaic tiles, burgundy tincture, and lapis lazulae blue. Wonderful wonderful wonderful. You need at least a couple of hours... More 

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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Build by William II, this cathedral and monastery was build in just 15 years to compete with the cathedral in Palermo. Beautiful stained glass windows depicting biblical stories, carved pillars with ancient Greek and Christian symbolism.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the car park it is a long climb up to the cathedral [you can take a taxi to the top]. The cathedral was founded in 1172 and is filled bottom to top with gold mosaics, it is absolutely breath taking. Stories from the Old Testament are depicted in mosaics. It is considered to be the finest example of Norman... More 

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