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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  • A must have is the least we can say. It is one of the few places in the world that are impossible to describe, as the beauty of artworks, leads to a kind of mysticism, even untied from religiosity, which ... At the end of our visit the organ began the Ave Maria for the arrival of the bride and groom ... What can I say? Something is missing?
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  • country characteristic on the heights of the city of Palermo in interesting streets and visit the Cathedral cloister and the balcony very interesting all the way! Citizens of friendly and helpful info.
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  • Describe the beauty of this Cathedral is impossible ... is one of the brightest pearls of our amazing artistic heritage. You just have to see it and be enchanted by its beauty that is expressed through the dazzling mosaics and the structure of the Church. Not to be missed.
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  • Nice to have a safer place to leave the car while at the cathedral. We were under an hour, so the €2 didn't seem the ripoff that other reviewers were complaining about, but I get what they're saying. Exit through the back down hill on the usual narrow twisty streets
  • Great parking spot close to the cathedral and centre of Monreale
  • Fine, no problems. 2 euro per hour, free of you eat at designated trattoria. Clean toilets. Five minutes to Duomo but uphill.
  • Great location and has an elevator, but expensive (2 euros per hour)
  • Parking is conveniently located, about 300 metres from the Duomo. Accessibility is difficult: steep and narrow entrance; exit steep and with double bar, overlooking the nothing in the sense that there is no indication, so if you don't have a GPS you will miss out. Also parking spaces are too tight, suitable perhaps at 600 and 850 degli anni ' 60, but inadequate for the size of the current car. Staff a bit surly, but maybe because the day when I was there there was some crowding it created confusion. Cost of parking a bit higher than other tourist places of Italy.
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