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Duomo di Monreale, Monreale

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One of the greatest existing examples of Norman architecture in the world, Duomo di Monreale features huge surfaces covered in mosaics. Begun in 1174, this monumental complex eventually grew to include a monastery and a royal palace. Though many of the monastic buildings have been ruined over the centuries, a good part of the monks’ dormitory and the cloister still remain. The outsides of the principal doorways and their pointed arches are enriched with carvings and colored inlay, an unusual combination of Norman-French, Byzantine, and Arab building styles. Although in 1811 a devastating fire destroyed the tombs of both William II, the founder of the cathedral, and his father, the tombs and all of the damaged parts of the complex were fully restored a few years later. Make Duomo di Monreale a part of your Monreale vacation plans using our Monreale family vacation planner.
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  • If you are coming from Rome generally not surprised that much by visiting other monuments in other places. But here, entering the Cathedral, are literally left speechless. Everything is of rare beauty, as if a divine hand had driven who designed and built this masterpiece. Here they mix in a sublime art, history, faith. I hope it's always well guarded and protected.
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  • A must visit but not easily accessible by public transportation. The artistry of the mosaic work is beyond words. The mosaic covered the wall, and the ceiling depicting the stories in the Bible. The m...  more »
  • Not to be missed if you go to Palermo. The Interior is nothing short of scintillating, poignant beauty. Going up 150 steps leads to the terraces, from where you can see the cloister and the plain d'Oro in Palermo, although now the orange groves (hence the name) are gone. The entrance to the Cathedral is free, the terraces and the cloister are chargeable: 2.50 euro top, 6 euros. A duty visit to the cloister, which is also superb. The limit is preferable to the terraces.
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  • If you are in Palermo I would recommend taking a few hours to travel up and wander round. Get a ticket to see the roof as the. Views across Palermo are stunning. The I terror of the church is covered in gold mosaics. If you are a women you are not allowed in unless you are covered up and have to wear a poncho for 1€.
  • Just ubeliavable feeling when you gey inside of the cathedral, it's so beautifull, i can describe it, you need to see this colourfull history by your own eyes!!!
  • This beautiful cathedral is a must to be visited when being around Palermo.
  • I recommend to get a ticket visit the back side of the church. You'll be surprised by the craftsmanship that produces the carved stones. The nave itself is not the most I've seen. IMHO the gold plating is in itself not an artistic achievement but a mere expression of wealth.
  • Breathtaking mosaics with biblical stories ring the walls.