Cattedrale di Palermo, Palermo

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Cattedrale di Palermo was erected in 1185 to replace a ninth-century mosque. Explore the church and observe the different styles--attributed to a long history of additions, alterations, and restorations--that characterize the building. Look for the column with the Quran verse carved on it, a remnant from the mosque, and admire the 13th-century mosaic of the Madonna. The Sacrament chapel is adorned with precious stones and lapis lazuli. You can visit the tombs of several important figures who have been laid to rest here, including Emperor Henry VI, Peter II of Sicily, and Constance of Aragon. Head to the roof for views of the city. Guided tours are available. See Cattedrale di Palermo and all Palermo has to offer by arranging your trip with our Palermo online journey planner .
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  • Lovely, like the entire city. On a sunny day then fills the hearts and eyes of even more beauty.
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  • I will be breve...ma from Palermo I can only say that it is one of the most beautiful cathedrals of Europe. Majestic ... Superb!! For travelers ... must see!!
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  • The Cathedral is beautiful, striking and startles dora its crypt and admirable views of the city from its roof. Only tarnish the visit the desantecion of those who serve there, selling tickets and cutting them in each entry since in any way they report what is the visit, where to go or with respect to the possible disadvantages that they could have people old or limited movement up the long and narrow stairway leading to the roof
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  • Great experience! Super easy to find, filled with history and culture, very compelling atmosphere even for a non-religious traveller. During the summer there is even a possibility to walk on the rooftop walkways without a guide, best way to experience the building by far. Very well maintained and clean facilities, please keep it so if you visit. And remember to respect the peace and quiet of the cathedral, so everyone can relax in their own way.
  • Exterior is the most interesting: an odd combination of Islamic, Gothic and Baroque. Plaster decorations on the walls are of exceptional quality. Do not forget to see the right wing, which has the appearance of a mosque. Interior is typical Baroque (not that impressive), but crypt is interesting enough (worth a visit). Do not forget to go on top to see a full city view...
  • Really interesting cathedral which is maybe one of the most interesting places to visit in Palermo. Guides available if needed. In the turmoil of this living city with all characteristics and history it is a place of peace and contemplation. Furthermore a really nice church organ which I was allowed to play and inspired me for almost an hour until the guides asked me to stop as the tourists did not listen to them anymore...
  • Impressive building. It dominates the city. Majestic. I went on a tour to the roof for just €5, amazing views. I love the art inside the Cathedral and the tombs. Very spiritual place. Always busy. A must visit in Palermo.
  • What can I say about this place! One of the, if not the most beautiful landmarks of Palermo. You have to visit the Cathedral for sure! And while you are at it take the whole tour that includes the tour of the roof. There you will be introduced with a magnificent view of both the city but also the cathedral itself! And also take a look at the crypt! Must visit.
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