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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Monreale attractions like Duomo di Monreale can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Amazing experience, full ticket (14 euros for adults) is strongly suggested as it includes tour in the chapel, museum, terrace and cloister.  more »
  • As we arrived we queued up and bought our tickets. It was a extremely hot day. My husband and I wearing short pants and t-Shirts. Nothing special, just cotton, with long sleeves. Suddenly, a lady...  more »
  • I love mosaics, and if you do too, this is THE church to visit outside of Ravenna, Italy. Supposedly only second largest such mosaic church in the world. Pictures do not do this magnificent place...  more »
  • I was very lucky to have seen the Montreal cathedral early in the year ..yes very impressive and astonishing....BUT here I'm visiting Montreal cathedral in summer wearing a summer dress...unfortunately I was not allowed to enter...if I wanted to enter I needed to purchase a long sleeve shirt ...REALLY!!!! Sorry but all I wanted to do was look at the church say a prayer and continue on my travels.....but because it's proven to me it a money making organizations im glad they refused me...because my GOD doesn't discriminate on culture or what you are wearing.... disappointed.!
  • This cathedral is amazing! Every part of it is decorated with wonderful mosaics. The chiostro outside is gorgeous and invites you to walk and admire the garden and the beautiful columns and rest and meditate thanks to the peaceful atmosphere.
  • Doesn’t worth visiting. They have a sexist way of judging who may or not enter the church based on dress. I was wearing a T-shirt and a pair of shorts on my knee and I couldn't get in. While men with much shorter shorts walked by easily. I can't believe that Jesus or God would stop someone from entering the church because of it. Not a surprise that the catholic church loses so many faithful every year.
  • Such a precious, beautiful treasure. Besides the cathedral, one can also enjoy a breathtaking view on the way to the city.
  • Prime example of religious harmony between faiths and spectacular. You feel the reverence.

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