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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. Make Cattedrale di Palermo part of your personalized Palermo itinerary using our Palermo vacation builder.
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  • The incredible zodiac on the floor near the altar is illuminated by a hole in the roof. A religious experience par excellence 
  • The outside is beautiful. We were however disappointed by the Interior. See the passage to get to the Palace of the Normans. Entry in the Cathedral is free, the climb pays off rooftops.
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  • Cattedrale di Palermo, there are that go up Via Vittorio Emanuele all up, interesting to walk, so going seeing other monuments, shops, balconies and beautiful squares. The cathedral stands a step away from the Palazzo Reale, it is interesting to see it inside and out.
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  • 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
  • A fun experience to go up the roof top of the cathedral. Costs are around €6,- per person. It gives a nice view of the city.
  • A beautiful cathedral in Sicily, but absolutely not the most impressive one. The entrance fee to dorm is 6 euro, and visiting the tombs and royal treasury with extra 2 euro. The price is too high, 6 euro for top view from this dorm is not worthwhile.
  • Not the same details as other churches in the area but size is impressive. Go to roof. Avoid the crypts. No special.
  • 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