Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, Palermo

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Overlooking the Piazza Bellini, Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio is a church famous for its 12th-century Byzantine gold mosaics. One of the most notable mosaics is on the domed roof, with Christ looking down from the middle. Also check out the colorful frescoes with various religious figures and scenes. The exterior architecture makes for great photos. Using our online itinerary creator, Palermo attractions like Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • One of the churches, which is certainly worth a visit. One of the main attractions of Palermo. Delightful frescoes and mosaics. Very beautiful church.
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  • Located just behind the main square on Palermo this beautiful little church is a wonderful sight to see... Amazing  more »
  • Nice stop for a quick look at wonderful architecture as we wandered Palermo, which is the highlight of the city.  more »
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  • Beautiful old church with pretty interior. They were holding service when we went and it was very nice
  • Must visit. Very nice insite! Top mosaics.
  • Beautiful. Colorful. Small but overwhelming
  • La Martorana c. 1143-51 perfect example of hybrid style of Byzantine (mosaics) and Arabic styles. Pointed arches common feature of Sicilian architecture under Normans but origins in Islamic architecture. Dedicatory inscription on exterior is in Greek while concept and architectural form is identical to such from Muslim N. Africa. Some Arabic writing as well (bottom of dome) referring to king and his vizier.
  • This small church is a great example of mix architecture styles.

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