We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

“An oasis within the city.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti

Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti
Via dei Benedettini 3, 90134, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
091-651-5019
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #43 of 274 things to do in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This important monument is well-recognized for its Arab architecture, which contains three domes and cubic forms that are representative of an Oriental influence.
Gent, België
Level Contributor
107 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“An oasis within the city.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

It is not exaggerated to call this an oasis. The little romanesque church, the XIII century cloister and the small garden make you forget that you are in one of the busiest cities of Italy.

Helpful?
2 Thank AnnyDirk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

234 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    87
    77
    39
    23
    8
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Holmdel, New Jersey
Level Contributor
50 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Not a big deal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

So Frommer's puts this in the top 3 things to visit when in Palermo. For the 6 euro's you pay, you see very little. Maybe it's worth 2 euro's and maybe not.

Visited May 2012
Helpful?
Thank David P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Geneva, Switzerland
Level Contributor
30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Arab and Norman influences”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

The garden with the fig trees, the many acanthus, the arums, the small beautiful cloister, the Byzantine cupolas, the stark interior, all pleased me.

Visited April 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank mfwrites_11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
101 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Austere beauty.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Like San Cataldo, this little church is another Arab / Norman architectural fusion. Set in small but peaceful grounds (ruined cloisters) the four, pink Arab domes complement the austere Norman architecture perfectly. The interior, with its simple groin vaults, is elegant and beautiful. If you appreciate restraint and simplicity then this is a must. I recommend seeing this on the same day as visiting the, roughly contemporary, Capella Palatina with its sumptuous mosaics. They complement each other perfectly.

Visited March 2012
Helpful?
2 Thank handel21
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cuckfield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
82 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A nice place but not essential”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

There is rather little to see here. The ruins are well maintained, the cloisters are small and pleasant, and it is interesting to see the 5 red domes. However, there was little else to keep us here, although it was a complete contrast to the Baroque-fest elsewhere or the unmaintained ruins elsewhere in the city.

Visited February 2012
Helpful?
Thank randbk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti also viewed

Palermo, Province of Palermo
Palermo, Province of Palermo
 
Palermo, Province of Palermo
 

Been to Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing