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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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  • Attended Christmas Mass here, plus many visits to see beautiful mosaics. Parking hard to come by, better idea to walk into town if possible. 
  • For me the most impressive sight in Palermo. An absolute must! Best to reach a sightseeing bus. Then you have time only an hour.
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  • enter into this rich temple built by one of the most beloved King of the Kingdom is useful to get an idea of the treasures and of the former greatness of Sicily. The construction of this magnificent cathedral was made with the intention of overcoming the magnificence of the Cathedral of palermo and legend has it that the people have decreed the following: "a cattidrali ri munriali ri, the outside is bedda chidda palermu is bedda re clean." meaning: the Cathedral is magnificent particularly outside while the monreale is wonderful inside.
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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.