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Cattedrale di Palermo
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Palermo and Monreale Tour
Ranked #20 of 422 things to do in Palermo
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This cathedral was started in 1185 by the norman archbishop Gualtiero Offamilio. You can visit the Royal and Imperial tomb of Frederik the II, the urn with the relics of the patron Saint of Palermo Santa Rosalia, plus a treasury with a precious medieval crown and a crypt from the VII century. The church is free to enter, there is a ticket to access the monumental area composed by royal tombs, treasury, crypt and the roof.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

the cathedral is impressive and beautiful from the outside, no doubts. Inside, however, there's nothing special. It sounds stupid, I know, but what I loved was the toilet hidden behind the altar... :P

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"beautiful cathedral"
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is a magnificent building from the outside and evokes North African architecture. Inside it's more of a Baroque-fest, but it's still worth a look.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

The exterior is quite interesting yet the interior, on account of the reconstruction after earthquakes, does not offer much in term of cultural and architecture motifs.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

A cliché perhaps, but this building really does carry the power of those who built it. The students from the school facing the cathedral piazza must have the most fabulous playground in Europe!

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

The cathedral was one of the highlights of my stay in Palermo. The architecture is beyond the imagination of mixtures of Roman, Norman and Byzantine features. There was a service taking place when I entered, and tourists were kept in a small area until it was finished. Some members of the congregation were still seated as we were allowed to mill around and I felt uncomfortable about taking photos until everyone seemed to be finished praying (although it didn't stop others).

I spent more time admiring its glory from the outside, however. The inside of the cathedral was nothing spectacular, but the outside is what really draws you in.

Thank TazG303
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