Churches/ Cathedrals in Sicily

Churches & Cathedrals in Sicily, Italy

Churches & Cathedrals in Sicily

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  • Angelo Z
    Evant, TX300 contributions
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    The cathedral is an impressive and impossing blend of Arab, Norman,Gothic and Baroque. The inside shares some of the same influences, there is much to see. There are different chapels, crypts and what’s called the treasury. You can also go on the roof but it’s very narrow. The park outside is a great place to people watch.
    Written January 1, 2024
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  • Sandy S
    Albuquerque, NM1,047 contributions
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    Monreale deserves most of an afternoon. The mosaics are dazzling and impressively detailed, especially considering that they’d been wrought in 1123. Some seem almost whimsical in their depictions of Biblical stories, especially those from the Hebrew Scriptures.
    Written November 7, 2023
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  • Adrian G
    Bucharest, Romania610 contributions
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    This is a true gem of a building. Initially a Greek temple with doric columns, it was then a Byzantine church, a mosque, a Norman church and now it is a Catholic cathedral. The Greek columns can still be clearly seen both outside and inside.
    It reminded me of Mezquita of Cordoba, which is a cathedral constructed over a mosque.
    Written December 18, 2023
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  • Angelo Z
    Evant, TX300 contributions
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    Beautiful church with a rich history. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site. One of the few church’s anywhere where both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic services and rites can be held. The cost is only €2 and well worth a visit.
    Written January 2, 2024
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  • Elisabeth C
    New York City, NY8 contributions
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    Amazing place. We were travelling from Palermo to Taormina and we wanted to stop somewhere for lunch. Cefalù and its gorgeous cathedral was a perfect stop.
    Written September 24, 2023
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  • Marc B
    Austin16 contributions
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    The most beautiful church in Palermo, maybe anywhere. An amazing assembly of marble and semi-precious stone installed over several hundred years. It's only a short walk from major streets but very worth your time.
    Written December 19, 2023
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  • AMsays
    Thornhill, Canada4,121 contributions
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    Sicilian Gothic church completed in 1776. The exterior is stunningly built in the traditional limestone of the area. With its two side towers and central dome behind, it stands out impressively enough to be designated an UNESCO WHS. The inside was redone in white recently after 1990’s earthquake and remains with 3 naves in the shape of a latin cross. Somewhat understated, there’s still some striking artwork inside; paintings of Costantino Carasi, Giovanni Bonomo and Raffaele Politi, significant sculptures, frescoes and religious works. The grand stairs leading to the actual church gives it additional presence and makes for an impressive visual. It's worth your time. UNESCO are never wrong...
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • CMBarbie
    Wisconsin357 contributions
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    The cathedral was the highlight of our Messina walking tour. The astronomical clock show with roaring lion was a surprise compared to other clocks I have seen in Europe. There is a small museum inside that is worth seeing also, for 5 euro fee.
    Written November 20, 2023
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  • AMsays
    Thornhill, Canada4,121 contributions
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    UNESCO WHS rated Duomo of San Giogio is Modica’s church that has been described as one of the “7 wonders of the baroque world" by [historian Maurizio Fagiolo dell'Arco. The church has been reconstructed a few times based on 3 earthquakes. The church houses paintings depicting the life and St. George, sculptures and works of art as the "Santa Arca" and "meridian pavement". The monumental organ is a work of art in itself - bearing 3000 pipes and 4 keyboards -and still in perfect working condition! The dome lifts the eye and spirit heavenward. The elegant tower-like facade defines the city's skyline and its visible from miles away. You have to be fit to climb that monumental 250 step staircase. I was so impressed with this church. There is a spiritual, understated elegance about the place.
    Written February 12, 2024
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  • Sally62
    Northampton, UK5,221 contributions
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    You can see the basilica on the top of the hill from miles around and it's well worth stopping off for a visit. You can't drive up into the town so you have to park in a large car park at the bottom of the hill and take a bus up to the top. Make sure you check the current opening times for the basilica and allow time to queue for a ticket and catch the bus although these do come frequently.
    According to tradition, in C9th fishermen discovered a crate with the statue of the black Madonna inside. They put her in the abandoned ruins of the temple of Ceres and a sanctuary was built in C11th by the Benedictines. The shrine became and important place of pilgrimage and was unable to cope with the number of visitors so was rebuilt in 1970s. The Madonna is made of cedar of Lebanon and is Byzantine - it is on display under the dome and is quite beautiful.
    The church has a beautiful fresco on the ceiling and lots of artwork that stands out against the dark stone. Also make sure you walk behind the altar where you can see the history of the statue in mosaics which are stunning.
    Definitely worth a visit.
    Written August 30, 2020
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  • Matt H
    London, UK51 contributions
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    Beautiful church and really interesting to see the monastery and how the nuns lived up until 2014
    The cost of entry is a little steep compared to others in the city, but we went to many churches and this was our favourite and worth the visit.. To top it off you get fantastic view from the roof top of the whole city a chance to relax in the courtyard and buy the most delicious cannoli ever
    Written October 10, 2023
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  • Francesca
    Palermo, Italy59 contributions
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    Incredible ride up Mount Pelligrino on the 812 bus next to the Politeama Theatre. Be careful on the way back; they take a different route. Go to the shrine in the late afternoon. There is no one there.
    Written November 8, 2023
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  • Busker999
    Tonbridge, UK982 contributions
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    This is guided only. It's much more room than you expect. Catacombs of tombs only just under a church. Amazing site I had not seen anywhere else in the world. Not expensive either.
    Written November 10, 2023
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy12,504 contributions
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    The visitor who enters the San Cataldo church in Palermo today has probably already previously seen some images of this church, or of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, or of both; and he will therefore have perceived the strength that their red domes give to the layout of these two churches. I don't know if there is an investigation into this; but probably, if carried out, it would reveal that the red domes are the prevailing perceptive data in the collective mental images of the two churches.
    Well, there are strong doubts that the reddish color was the original one of these domes, when the church was built, as the chapel of a large palace of the "admiral" (in reality: supreme official) Maione da Bari, minister of the King of Sicily Guglielmo I (1154-1160). Some scholars exclude that the domes were red, others believe it possible; but in short there are very strong doubts on the question.
    But in any case, who would want to eliminate red from the domes today? It would be like wanting to make the Parthenon polychrome again, since it was originally so. The layout of these monuments is now "ours", more than it's that of their founders.
    Apart from the domes, on my last visit (which isn't the first) I found San Cataldo very evocative, even more so than nearby Martorana (because heavily transformed in the early modern age). The central plan of the church recalls the idea of perfection - according to the Neoplatonic ideal which would later be adopted by Bramante and other architects of the Italian Renaissance - an idea which is reiterated by the simplicity of the external walls (interrupted by simple, beautiful windows) and by the the essentiality of the interior, in which the columns, arches, domes and the splendid original floor compose a sublime play of volumes and lights.
    Written December 22, 2023
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  • Deborah B
    Marietta, GA254 contributions
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    This is a sweet little church (not open) with STUNNING gardens and paths all around the outside area - it has simply gorgeous lookout points and places to take amazing photos. It’s a bit of an interesting drive to get there - make sure you have a small car and are skilled with driving in Italy! But the views are so great, and it’s very quiet and serene. Just go to look around and see some beautiful vistas.
    Written June 10, 2023
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