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. Using our online itinerary creator, Monreale attractions like Duomo di Monreale can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Missing points to be able to assess this Cathedral as it deserves. We had the luck of visiting this Cathedral with a magnificent Guide, called TEA and on a sunny day in December in which the low sun illuminated interior walls of the Cathedral that at other times of the year are in shadow, allowing us to enjoy your interior in the totali Dad. It is very corfta the maximum score that I can give and will be difficult to reflect with words what we saw. A cathedral nothing glistening on the outside, but that leaves you breathless once you enter and see all its walls, arches and columns filled with mosaic gold, of the e´poca of the Normans, 12th century mosaics collecting lots of scenes of the old and the new Testament. The Cathedral is 112 meters long x 40 wide. The typical altarpiece of the Normans, collects a Pantocrator of 13 meters high x 7 wide, really fantastic this Cathedral has survived the earthquakes that shake, due to the Etna, Sicily, and while thank it to which we have been able to enjoy so many beauty. Now to finish the visit, deserves very much worth visiting its cloister, precious, with columns, more than 200, decorated and with beautiful capitals, all different, linked by arches. As with what you write, I do not do justice to the reality, it is you only go to visit
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  • A pleasant visit to the Cathedral in line with other route Norman monuments where there are other churches in palermo. I highly recommend the full ticket to €10 with visit to roofs and cloister. 9-year old daughter didn't pay anything. We have also taken an audioguide that there is served a lot within the Church to understand what we were watching. The Church is so rich in content that we could be alone without audioguide dazzled by the mosaics without understanding their meaning. Surely there is a bus service connecting Palermo and Monreale. We went out of the car and on the way down next to the Cathedral we could find a paid parking at €1 per hour.
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  • We visited Monreale on an early monday morning, before many others had arrived. The church is amazing. The mosaics are probably the most beautiful I’ve seen - especially because they are intakt all ar...  more »
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  • One of the best cathedrals I have ever visited in Europe. The architecture; the carved wood and the artistic work on the ceiling and walls are breathtaking. You can easily spend half a day inside the cathedral just admiring the beauty and taking pictures. Once you arrive looking at it from the outside, you never imagine that it is that beautiful on the inside. A must visit once in Palermo.
  • Despite being located in Sicily, this cathedral has SUCH a Byzantine vibe in style of execution. Its 3500 sq m of wondrous mosaics have been built by Greek masters and most are even inscribed in Greek. Add to that a wealth of Islamic influences and you get a complete picture of Sicily during 1200s when this cathedral was built. Together with Chartres', this ranks easily as most beautiful church I've seen so far.
  • Simply breathtaking beautiful all these gold mosaic. Wonderful and stunning, I could watch them for hours. One should clearly go up to the terrace on top to enjoy the fantastic panoramic view to Palermo and surrounding mountains. Compared to the Cathedral in Palermo, this here in Monreale ia definitely more interesting, especially inside. The outside may be a point for Palermo. Highly recommended!
  • A stunning example of Sicilian Norman/Arabic architecture and design. The exquisite tessara imagery above the Arabic geometric designs make for a magical mix of cultural styles. Also visit Capella Palatina in Central Palermo for another fine example. Beautifully preserved with a huge wow factor to both. A must visit.
  • Absolutely amazing Cathedral which is unique masterpiece combing all traits of all the cultures which were living in Sicily that days - Byzantine mosaics with Arab motiffs and roman traits brought there by Normans! Absolutely must see place - it shows how wise rulers of that times where - they were adopting all the best from all the people and cultures lived in Sicily and how they thrived from that tolerance and cooperation instead of opposing each others.
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