Palazzo dei Normanni e Cappella Palatina, Palermo

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Admire one of the finest examples of Arab-Norman art in the modern city of Palermo at Palazzo dei Normanni e Cappella Palatina. Originally the seat of the kings of Sicily, the 12th-century palace now houses Sicily's seat of the regional parliament. It features a mix of Byzantine, medieval, and Arabic-influenced architecture and decor. Visit the mosaic-covered interior of the Palentine Chapel. At the palace, note the animal motifs that adorn the walls. One ticket includes admission to both palace and chapel. To visit Palazzo dei Normanni e Cappella Palatina and other attractions in Palermo, use our Palermo trip generator.
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  • Apart from the justifiably famous (but quite small) chapel with mosaics, this palace contains a suite of large but not very interesting palace rooms. For some reason security is airport style, and we ...  more »
  • The chapel is truly a marvel. The mosaics shimmer amidst light and shadows, and there is beauty everywhere you look.  more »
  • Il Palazzo dei Normanni (The Norman Palace), lies in the oldest part of the city on the site of a Punic Settlement. Arriving at the palace, the stunning mix-styled architecture of the old cloister wil...  more »
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  • There are many places that one visits that may be exceptional in character but not necessarily unique to world : this is truly both. So if you are anywhere even remotely in its vicinity make sure you visit ! Why ? Because .... The Vatican's Michaelangelo-decorated Sistene Chapel is lauded by all and sundry : but is, in actuality, probably one of the best of a whole number of Renaissance churches with "cheruby" painting. But you will see nothing seriously comparable​ with Palermo's Palazzo Real's Palatine Chapel anywhere else in the world. I first visited it when, as an architecture student I was researching a dissertation on the "Villas of Palermo" and stumbled upon the place on a "day off" almost by accident. I was stunned and captivated by its rich, shimmering and primarily gold mosaic interior then : and I was no less so when I visited it with my family 30 years later. Because words failed me to adequately describe it to them, I think they thought that I was taking them to "yet another church!" But there was no such carping when we came out. Although the Palazzo Real ("Royal Palace") now houses the Sicilian Regional Assembly, a long time ago it was the Palace of the Norman Kings of Sicily (hence it is also known as the "Palazzo dei Normanni) and the "Cappella Palatina" within it was the Kings' private chapel. The roads around the Palazzo are very busy : but safe-ish on street parking can be found on the streets around the Ospedale dei Bambini G Do Cristina to its SE.
  • This is just awesome! Beautiful mosaics and ceiling!
  • Awesome mosiacs. Great merging of stills. Restored to full splendor.
  • Amazing, definitely worth a visit
  • Amazing and well presented. A small amount of art history knowledge really works here so far a book or something.