Duomo di Monreale

Duomo di Monreale

Duomo di Monreale
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JohnG
Kingston, Canada307 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
A trip to Monreale on the outskirts of Palermo is worth the effort. The town is a delightful little spot on the top of a hill overlooking Palermo. Lots of little shops and restaurants. Take the bus from Piazza indeprndenza for 1.4 Euros. Admission to the Cathedral is 13 Euros. Read a bit about it or get a guide to fully understand the history of what you are seeing. I engaged a guide just outside the lineup for the tickets at 2:30 PM for €15 Dash which included the admission price. A real good deal.
Written April 8, 2022
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Elisabeth
Gateshead, UK187 contributions
May 2022
You might have heard the saying of the donkey and the ass so we went to see Monreale. The town itself is not that interesting I have to say, so i was glad we didn't stay too long. However the 1 1/2 hours we had from the tour wasn't really enough to go around the church - it is such an amazing place! The mosaics are stunning, the floor is stunning and you can climb up the tower and have great views all around. we are quite quick in getting around but I'd like to have had a bit more time. However, if you get the bus instead of a tour make sure you are waiting for the bus in good time - it look rammed! It's not very frequent so probably why.
However, we loved walking around, having a look at the mosaics and finding the different stories told. The only downside was that the cloister wasn't open. Such a shame! But worthwhile going, you'll be stunned by the beauty!
Written June 4, 2022
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fjane84
Island of Malta, Malta658 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
This cathedral is a must-see! The vast height inside is full to every inch, of glimmering gold and coloured ornate mosaics from the 12th and 13th century. They depict biblical scenes and geometric designs. The main door is also amazing, made of bronze in the 1180s. To enter the cathedral only it is free, but for the cloisters and roof there is a fee. We visited the cathedral only due to time constraints. The outside of the cathedral is also really beautiful.
Written June 21, 2021
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Brian E
Santa Rosa, CA400 contributions
Mar 2022
Traveling as we do, we often get “Cathedral-ed out” when we visit too many on one trip. One blurs into the next. This was not my experience in Monreale. In fact, it is one of the three most visually stunning Cathedrals I’ve ever seen (the others: Chartres, France for the stain glass; Montreal, Canada for the breathtaking blue stone). What I found breathtaking about Duomo di Monreale was that it layered Arabic architectural interpretation of a Catholic Cathedral with every inch of it being adorned with minute mosaic designs. It was a visual feast for the eyes and something well worth going out of your way to visit.
Written March 30, 2022
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cliodhnangc
6 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
We wanted to visit Monreale during our visit to Palermo. We waited for a bus at Piazza indipendenza only for the bus to arrive with absolutely no space even for one more person. We decided to wait for the next bus, when a man came over to us to encourage us to take his “taxi” to Monreale. We were told it would cost 12.50 each (cathedral included). We agreed to this, because we were so looking forward to seeing the Duomo. We were ushered to the man’s “aunt’s” car, she brought us to Monreale no problem, but the church cost 13 each (9 if you are under 26 years old). Just to note also that the cloister was closed. We arrived back to Palermo, and saw the same man
trying to get other people in his “taxi”, we confronted him about his lie about the church, he denied it and got quite agressive. Just so other people know that this scam is to be avoided!
Written May 28, 2022
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jclin10
New York City, NY100 contributions
Mar 2022
After St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, this was, by far, our family’s favorite church to visit. The mosaics are beautiful and the story of the Bible that they tell is literally illuminating. We also climbed up to the rooftop, and the views from that height are amazing. Well worth the visit!
Written May 22, 2022
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traveltheglobe
Singapore, Singapore723 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The cathedral is awe inspiring, both outside and inside. Perched on the slopes outside Palermo city, the cathedral exemplifies the finest of Norman architecture and mosaic craftsmanship. Spend at least half a day here to take it all in - the magnificence of the place, the stories of the Bible and the amazing details. After visiting the main cathedral, don’t forget the cloisters which is a separate entrance.
We took a cab here and the bus back. Saved us a bit of time as the bus schedules seem a bit conflicting. We visited on 2 Jan which is a public holiday and it wasn’t very clear if the buses were running at the normal hours. Cab fare was 30eur for 3 pax (not the best bargain I suppose but as hard as we tried, the driver wouldn’t barge).
Written May 24, 2020
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK11,455 contributions
Sep 2019
We saw the Cappella in Palermo and were bowled over by it; Monreale is of the same appearance and equally stunning. Monreale does have lovely cloisters to roam (for extra fee) and also we loved being able to access the high level exterior ramparts at the top of the church which also lead up steep outside steps to a tiny dramatic belltower. Fabulous views all around and of the black and white striped stonework at the rear of the cathedral.

Inside, it is like walking into the Palatina again though it doesn't have the stalagtite ceiling which I loved in the Palermo site.

So - they are both very alike but have slightly different lovely aspects to them.I was glad we'd seen both.Monreale itself is quite an attractive small town too.

We took the bus out from Piazza Independence; there's a very helpful ticket booth where the guy lets you take a photo of the timetable.That was using the AMAT bus 389.We walked from the railway station to the Piazza though a bus is possible too.Just ask at the AMAT booth outside the railway. Not too busy so the journey out to Monreale was only 30 mins or so(stopped at every stop and we stood all the way.)

The timetable means there are only so many buses per day so we had to juggle things so as not to arrive during the cathedral's lunchtime closure, so plan carefully re when to visit.
Written January 21, 2020
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Blue J
Havre de Grace, MD789 contributions
Jul 2021
I love mosaics, and if you do too, this is THE church to visit outside of Ravenna, Italy. Supposedly only second largest such mosaic church in the world. Pictures do not do this magnificent place justice. You must see this place in person to totally appreciate the magnitude of the achievement and the skill of the artisans who pulled this off.

My only complaint is that I never felt peaceful in this church. Every nook and cranny is covered in mosaics. I felt like my typical morning after 2 hard core lattes. It's hard to focus on one area. Impressive as it may be, they were swinging for the fence on this one instead of providing any visual respite. I also felt there was a lot of tension trying to blend eastern orthodox with Roman rite themes.

That said, the incredible eastern orthodox image of Christ is breathtaking. A monumental achievement. The center of the church was closed due to Covid, but if you make your way to the front right of the church and immediately go left toward the main altar, you can catch a great view and close up of the incredible image.

We visited the beautiful former Benedictine cloister outside of the main church as well. The columns and garden area are absolutely beautiful.

Allow at least 1.5 hrs to see both places, take pictures, and pursue the really nice little gift shop at the ticketing entry. They did allow us discounts for my 2 student children which was really nice.

This is an awe inspiring destination and a short drive from Palermo. We parked at a public parking garage about 3 blocks from the church. Even though the garage is slightly difficult to access, parking around the church is very limited so this garage is a good bet.
Written August 8, 2021
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853barry
Abbotsford, Canada203 contributions
Oct 2019
Absolutely outstanding!
One of the most amazing Cathedrals i've ever seen,anywhere in Europe.
The mosaics and paintings are exquisite and seem to be unique to Sicily,if not just Palermo.
Well worth the short bus ride from the city.
Buses do not return too often and the line-ups can get quite long.
We shared a cab with another couple,rather than wait for the bus...and fight to get on !!
Written January 29, 2020
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