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Duomo di Monreale, Monreale
(4.8/5 based on 3,200+ 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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  • Not recommended. Food normaliun ta. Price beer abuse. We call beer, normal, as beverage and the only one that had were craft beer bottles that we were charged: €10 per unit!! A blatant abuse.
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  • One of the most beautiful church I have ever seen. A mixture of styles byzantine, Norman and Arabic with magnificent golden mosaic depicting the life of Jesus, Paul and Peter. 
  • We know the Duomo because my husband is originally from Monreale, if you come by car you can park your car in the parking lot below surcharge and through easy steps ' walk to the main square where the Cathedral and cloister are the latter with admission fee if I remember correctly 6euro. The trainers are recommending 'cause it's all ups and downs of Monreale. The Cathedral is always unique with the Interior dorato...ci offers a warm atmosphere and mystique. Not to be missed.
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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€.
  • Just ubeliavable feeling when you gey inside of the cathedral, it's so beautifull, i can describe it, you need to see this colourfull history by your own eyes!!!
  • This beautiful cathedral is a must to be visited when being around Palermo.
  • 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.
  • Breathtaking mosaics with biblical stories ring the walls.