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Church of San Cataldo, Palermo

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Get a taste of Arabian-Norman architecture at red-domed Church of San Cataldo. Built in 1160 during the Norman occupation of Palermo, the church shows Islamic and Byzantine features, such as its cubic forms, blind arches, and the red domes on the roof. Inside, under the simple stone arches and bare walls, appreciate the original mosaic floor. With our world travel planner, Palermo attractions like Church of San Cataldo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • If you are in a hurry to visit other sites, I suggest you drop this. There was nothing much to see inside. With our ticket from Santa Maria dell Ammiragllio Church (the beautiful one), we got a discou...  more »
  • When you arrive in the square, two churches face us. The famous Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio and San Cataldo. For my part, I first and long been intrigued by San Cataldo and her 3 small very original red cupolas. The much more austere than its neighbor inside explains stolen the spotlight
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  • leaving the Church of Martorana, and entering this small church, stay a little puzzled. Decorated and full of icons and frescoes on the first empty and austere, the second. San Cataldo was built by another Admiral of the realm, M from Bari, for this dedication to the patron saint of the neighbouring Taranto. Norman style was first incorporated by the Admiral Palace built on existing Foundation Roman Punic. After many vicissitudes in 1800 the architect Pal knocks down the Palace, takes away all that was added and Red paints the three domes giving the building the current structure. The Church is further mortified by transforming it into a post office! It currently features a totally bare and austere, but still beautiful. The only note of color is the polychrome mosaic floor, and the only piece of furniture is the carved stone altar with the symbols of the four evangelists. It is the seat of the order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in which we see the features Crosses on the walls. It is a Unesco World Heritage site. Mystical and suggestive. Manuela and Alessandro Gori
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  • Saturday 10pm 13/05/17 outside the church was an amazing concert, does anyone know the singer and her name? awesome voice
  • Exterior of this church is very cute. This is obviously another good architecture example of combination of mosque and church. I did not enter the church as it charged entry fee. It is really small, so they hang a blanket at the gate to avoid peek :0
  • Beautiful church from outside. It's a shame you need to pay to visit.
  • Doubtless is a strange building from outside, especially the roof. Inside (you have to pay) is a simple and sober.
  • very intimate small medieval church. absolutely worth to visit it

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