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Cattedrale di Palermo, Palermo

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 3,600+ reviews on the web
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. Make Cattedrale di Palermo part of your personalized Palermo itinerary using our Palermo vacation builder.
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  • Very nice from the outside because very mixed in its influences. Arabs make more elegant European architecture. The inside is impressive but heavily baroque...
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  • Here you will encounter different cultures and religions, the exterior is a marvel that take your breath away, inside there is the tomb of Frederick II many newsstands, cannot be described in a review of all the beauty and history that's in it, you have to visit it but with accuracy
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  • This Cathedral is absolutely amazing inside and out! If you're into architecture and old buildings, this is a must see while in Palermo! Hope to catch a mass on my next visit. There's even a museum in...  read more »
  • Definitely worth a visit of you are in Palermo, if for nothing else to get the amazing views from the rooftop terrace. You can also go down into the tombs below where it is nice and cool. Unfortunately none the signs are in English so I wasn't able to read about the history bit the views were good and the architecture is amazing
  • Outside it looks magnificent inside it totally different from what you expect. It went through many stages of renovation s in different ages and you can feel it. Worth a visit
  • I would advise if you have time and you are in Palermo on a day that has great weather I would suggest paying the 5 euros to climbing to the roof of the Cattedrale di Palermo as it has an amazing view of the city and is a pretty damn unique thing to be able to do. The tours run fairly frequently and the groups are around 10-15 people so I would advise buying your ticket for the next tour before exploring the interior, I made the rookie error of exploring the church first and having to wait around for the next tour to start.
  • Main church in Palermo. not the most beautiful one, but absolutely to visit. take a look at the outer side, the one on the little square in from of liceo classico: it really feels like an Arabic building
  • Good duomo but not the most beautiful in Sicily. Don't waste your money visiting the tombs and royal treasury
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