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Duomo di Monreale, Monreale

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Religious Site Church
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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  • The Cathedral of Monreale is a gem when you walk be breathless and get kidnapped by all that beauty that you can't find anywhere else. Not to be missed
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  • One of the most beautiful churches in the world, the exterior of the Cathedral does not do justice to the beauty of the Interior. built in 1200 finely decorated with Byzantine mosaics representing the old and the New Testament. It took forty years to decorate around the Cathedral a marvelous work that isn't ' can not visit. Once overlooked the Golden Valley because it was covered only by Orange and situated extending until the sea today unfortunately wildly built. It is still a magical monument afterlife of religion is spirituality and we charge you with positive energy. Today a Unesco World Heritage site
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  • If they will tell you that the Cathedral of Monreale is one of the most beautiful churches in the world, believe it: it's true! Certainly the most spectacular of Arab-Norman sites chosen by Unesco. Built in just ten years-for the Duomo of Orvieto there wanted 300-is decorated with mosaics of incredible beauty. Absolutely recommended the ride on the roof and visit the adjoining Benedictine cloister, an oasis of peace and unchanged beauty, conducive to silence.
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  • Massimo offers the best breakfast I had anywhere in the world! Room has a great view and right in the center of beautiful Monreale looking out over the entrance to the Duomo. Massimo is quite a character. Too bad Fellini is not around anymore to give him a role in one of his pictures. It's been almost a year since we were in Sicily, but I vividly remember the wonderful stay in Monreale. Massimo, Grazie Mille. Antonio Diolanda
  • What more can you ask for in a location like a welcoming host and a location within a site? It only remains to be soothed the hospitality of the hotel
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  • It is a comfortable place and quiet, conveniently located, and the owner is a very friendly, polite and helpful man. Very useful. Very good site
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  • We spent two nights in the first week of September 2015.ubicacion excellent to visit Monreale as Palermo. the Palermo bus stop is located a few meters away and leaves you at the independence square, opposite the Royal Palace. Spacious and comfortable room with balcony overlooking the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, abundant breakfast. The owner, Max, very friendly and attentive. It would repeat the experience.
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