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Duomo di Cefalu, Cefalu

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Built after a vow made by the King of Sicily Roger II, Duomo di Cefalu is a Roman Catholic cathedral constructed in the Norman style. The basilica's fortress-like appearance looms over the medieval town, heralding the powerful presence of the Normans and the city's vulnerability to attack by sea. Pass through a large terraced parvise, or enclosed porch, that was once a cemetery with earth imported from Jerusalem. The spires of the two Norman towers on the cathedral's facade don't match. One symbolizes the papal authority, and the other is a symbol of royal authority. Michele Canzoneri designed the modern, abstract stained-glass windows in 1985. Add Duomo di Cefalu and other attractions to your Cefalu trip itinerary using our Cefalu trip itinerary builder.
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  • Attention in the winter the Cathedral opens at 15:30. The coffered wooden ceiling is impressive and the Romanesque columns. The eye is naturally drawn to a beautiful mosaic in the apse. It's a Christ Pantocrator of 1148, is therefore the oldest of Sicily and frankly it is worth the trip. See also the 2 Thrones of marble.
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  • The view of the church and the plaza directly below the massive, forbidding cliffs is as beautiful a site as one could want visiting an exotic land. The Norman fortress church itself was very pretty, ...  more »
  • A Norman, colorful, medieval cathedral with Golden mosaics and a beautiful crucifix, and outside a cheerful square.
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  • Nice Normand style Cathedral. One of the top attractions of Cefalù, with cafes nearby where you can sit and relax. Recommended._
  • The wonderful cathedral is actually an icon of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. I love it!
  • Beautiful church, with interesting mosaics. Be sure to visit Palermo too, you'll see the relations. The town surrounding is very worth the visit. Easy to reach by train.
  • Great church with mix design . Like a laboratory of religion . Strong domination as Normand influence . Must be seen
  • My favorite city in Northern Sicily! You have to spend time in this city.