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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  • Beautiful building!! The most impressive sightseeing of the city ! You don't pay to enter the church . But the most impressive part of the building it's the outside . Amazing architecture ❤️ 
    Beautiful building!! The most impressive sightseeing of the city ! You don't pay to enter the church . But the most impressive part of the building it's the outside . Amazing architecture ❤️  more »
  • Very impressive cathedral with a big garden and a panoramic view of the city. But you have to pay for every little room you want to see. The cost for the roof and the panoramic view (for max 10... 
    Very impressive cathedral with a big garden and a panoramic view of the city. But you have to pay for every little room you want to see. The cost for the roof and the panoramic view (for max 10...  more »
  • A very nice place to visit and also very historic. The attention to detail will take your breath away. I would have loved to be able to spend more time at the cathedral; however, I was pressed for... 
    A very nice place to visit and also very historic. The attention to detail will take your breath away. I would have loved to be able to spend more time at the cathedral; however, I was pressed for...  more »
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  • Impressive building and gorgeously decorated inside. Highly recommend to walk there without rush to feel the atmosphere and spirit of this place. If you get to climb to the roof, you'll get the chance to enjoy he most beautiful view in the city.
  • I visited a lot of places in Palermo, but this one was the most entertaining of all. I am atheist but you will certainly be overwhelmed by the majestic and glorious interiors. View from the top of the the roof is definitely worth climbing those stairs. I was already tired from walking a lot, yet the beauty of the place kept me going. Wonderful, wonderful place and very helpful crew. Literally highlight of my trip to Palermo.
  • Lots to see, not just a big church. They have a huge collection of religious artifacts dating back almost a thousand years, and how some of these objects have survived is incredible. Make sure you buy a ticket for roof access to climb the tiny staircase for incredible views across the city to the mountains.
  • Lovely Cathedral. Plenty to keep you occupied including roof walk at very reasonable cost. Fortunate to be there for Mass.Though not allowed into the body of the Cathedral there to see the procession. Also nice little cafes and shops close by.
  • Nice cathedral, not overdecorated combining different styles from different centuries. Not that special compared to others around Europe or the chapel in the palace. There is an option to visit the treasury, crypts and rooftop for 12€ - treasury is OK, crypts are OK, really the best part of the entire visit is rooftop and the view from there.

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