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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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  • If I could give zero stars I would but unfortunately I can’t. As usual the conservative institution church demands people to be covered appropriately to be let into the church. As four young women in....  more
    If I could give zero stars I would but unfortunately I can’t. As usual the conservative institution church demands people to be covered appropriately to be let into the church. As four young women in....  more »
  • During our 11-day stay in Club Med Cefalu, this visit to the Duomo di Monreale was the last of several day trips we made to explore the many attractions. It was a self-guided visit, and was well... 
    During our 11-day stay in Club Med Cefalu, this visit to the Duomo di Monreale was the last of several day trips we made to explore the many attractions. It was a self-guided visit, and was well...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful churches I have ever visited. Great combination of Norman, Orthodox and Islam architecture 
    One of the most beautiful churches I have ever visited. Great combination of Norman, Orthodox and Islam architecture  more »
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  • Spectacular example of a combination of magnificent Byzantine style mosaics in a unique Arab Norman cathedral. It's well worth it to pay the extra couple of euros to see the chapel and climb up for a fantastic views of Palermo. A must see when you are here.
  • One of the nicest/most beautiful churches we have ever been too. Make sure to get the full experience, besides the church itself walking up to the top was great and you are rewarded with a spectacular view. Parking was tough but in the end we just parked our car anywhere there was a small spot, like a Sicilian would. Well worth the trip.
  • The cathedral itself is gorgeous and totally worth visiting, but definitely consider paying extra to get onto the roof! The little stairways through the walls are really neat and offer great raised views of Monreale & the cathedral itself. The diocesan museum is small but nice, and a quiet break from the crowds.
  • Stunning cathedral with interesting Arab, Norman and Baroque influences. Really interesting architecture and beautiful mosaics. Make sure you head up to the terraces for an amazing view of Palermo (warning: steep steps, and not recommended for those who can't do heights!)
  • Amazing historical experience! Cathedral is really stunning. I've seen lot of different churches and basilikas, but this one I won't forget for sure. I recommend to buy tickets for all the possible accesses, like garden, roof, ... We liked souvenirs too.

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