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Duomo di Monreale, Monreale

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 3,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • Sicily, it works to the mix as everywhere... Great Church sicilo, normando, Byzantium, Arabic. Amazing and beautiful monument. Free entry to park in the large parking lot in the back.
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  • Absolutely beautiful but make sure you're appropriately dressed - unlike some churches and the cathedral in Palermo, this one is pretty strict and you can be turned away for wearing a slightly above t...  read more »
  • Simply a must for people who go to Palermo. Different, majestic with fabulous mosaics. Take the time to look every bit. And believe me: I attended a mass in Korean in one of the chapels. A unique moment.
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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€.
  • 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.
  • This church is one of the best examples of Norman architecture . Definitely a place to visit in Monreale.
  • If you are visiting Palermo, this is doubtless one of must see place: an amazing golden cathedral.
  • Incredibly beautiful. I recommend everyone to visit this duomo.
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