Duomo di Monreale, Monreale

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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  • August 18, 2017
    Palermo traffic, twisty roads and the lack of signals made us lose a lot of time, we arrived at the Cathedral at 17.45 and found it closed. How can you close so early in August? Only seen externally there was upset not being able to admire from the inside, unfortunately at 20.30 the ferry sailed to get us home! ☹️
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  • August 18, 2017
    The beautiful Cathedral of Norman, Byzantine and Arabic art. Beautiful views over the city of Palermo. To visit
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  • August 17, 2017
    At least once in your life to see. Along with the Palatine Chapel and the Cathedral of Cefalù, are examples of Byzantine art in its entirety. So to get an idea of the splendour of this artiatico style, it remains to be seen. What a gem! In summer, I recommend grabbing a shawl to cover their (customs of places of worship) because otherwise, at €1 you buy a mega shirts of pure plastic that does not breathe!
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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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