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Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)
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Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip from Taormina
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Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo
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Owner description: This chapel is known for its superb gold Byzantium mosaics.
Reviewed October 18, 2013

The "byzantine" mosaics represent the peak of this religious art form as installed in the 1100's by the artisian from the Eastern Roman Empire in Constantinople before the sack by the crusaders in 1204

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Amazing altar and art work; ceilings, walls. Well-preserved and maintained. Worth a visit. Central Palermo location.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Now named after Eloisa Matarana, the founder of a convent, the church celebrates the Norman Admiral of the Fleet named George of Antioch and his emperor, Roger II. In keeping with the gender distinction of Eastern Orthodox Churches, George grovels beneath the feet of the Virgin Mary on the left while Roger is crowned by Christ on the right in a mosaic in which the features of both are almost identical. The Annunciation takes pride of place among the remaining mosaics, the style of which is decidedly curvilinear created in a palette in which the colors used harmonize well with the gold background. Of particular note are the depictions of the four Archangels who are captioned in Arabic. The Church is a popular venue for weddings, the ceremonies of which often prevent tourists from enjoying the wonderful mosaics.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Just an amazing visual experience. Bold colours, mosaics, baroque decoration, your brain can barely take it all in. I think I took something like 60 pictures in this church and I don't think I captured all the detail. A must.

When we went, you could get a special ticket that would enable you enter other churches and monuments for a reduced fee so check the back of your ticket or ask the very helpful staff.

Thank stevedford
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

An unmissable visit in Palermo. Absolutely Stunning. The Church twinned on is incredible too (visit first to gain discount on La Martorana) 2€

Thank noeudpapillon
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