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“20 euro thrown away”

Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel
Ranked #16 of 422 things to do in Palermo
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

Obly chappel and an average piazza is possible to village. You don't get to see anything of the inside of the palace. Besides the chapel, which is quite nice, their is a little uninteresting art exhibition. I have no idea why thia place has such a such rating. This was totally not the 20 euro.

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Reviewed July 4, 2017

If possible use the free city centre circular bus to get here - there's a stop on the Corso Re Ruggero. Otherwise its lovely to walk through the Park Villa Bonanno from the cathedral.

Although the Palazzo dei Normanni is a lovely building there isnt that much too see as part of the building is used for the Sicilian Regional Assembly and most of the rooms are rather empty.

The Cappella Palatina is absolutely unmissable though as its stunning and surely ranks alongside the Sistine Chapel for beauty and majesty. The mosaics are stunning with vibrant colours telling their biblical stories and look as if they were completed yesterday. The wooden ceiling is a masterpiece of Muslim art with its wonderful carving and attention to detail. Dont miss the Candelabrum made of white marble which is the oldest work of Baroque art in Sicily and has a base of 4 lions rising to 3 figures at the top where the Pascal candle was held.

Make sure you get there early in the morning and it seems to close most days at 1pm.

Not too be missed.

Thank John_The_Miner
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Reviewed July 4, 2017 via mobile

We went went the palace rooms were closed but the chapel was great (one of the several Norman/Arabic chapels/duomos in or near Palermo). Not as overwhelming as Minreale and you get closer to the mosaics. Ignore the complaints about being overpriced - you and we have spent time and money to get to Sicily and hard to see that a few more euros matters. This is one of the great chapels in the world and a monument to artisans of all faiths working together. Pay and go. Palace appears baroque so I did not feel bad about missing. Art exhibition (novocento) was fun but not Milan.

Thank 831nealb
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Reviewed July 2, 2017

A nice surprise: the vucciria of Guttuso was there. Great piece of art. The palace is nice, the "cappella" is great, but not satisfied my expectations.

Thank FabioZ831
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Reviewed July 2, 2017

This is an amazing cathedral, it's free to enter but you can pay to go to the roof tops, it's a must if you visit the area

Thank Jussy2013
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