Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana), Palermo

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Overlooking the Piazza Bellini, Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana) 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. With our custom trip planner, Palermo attractions like Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana) 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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  • In piazza Bellini is the Church of the Martorana. Beautiful and impressive inside is a Baroque pleasure and mosaics of Norman
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  • beautiful and fascinating Church mosaics which can be seen. here really felt God's grace!
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  • The visit to Palermo of the Church Santa Maria dell'ammiraglio is one of many visits that should not be missed. In this church you can admire part of the history of Palermo and failing fast, to enjoy even more the visit you must be accompanied by a tour guide as they say in 5 star named Barbara Rizzo. Only with this guide well prepared and that explains step by step all the beauty that one can see and try to memorize everything is explained in a simple and comprehensive. The visit is also copletata by lunch at a dinner on board the boat GalileoGalilei, where you can enjoy a splendid dinner or lunch in a new environment and welcoming. The boat is docked at the port of Palermo-La Cala-Pier South
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  • Cost 1 euro to enter. I enjoyed doing panoramic photos of all the art.
  • A small Norman church far from the big baroque churches of the nearby. But is a real gem.
  • half Byzantine, half reinessance. both halves: amazing!
  • Norman church built by Arab masons and decorated by Byzantine craftsmen. A must see.
  • This was a really interesting church which juxtaposed two styles of architecture in its interior. The mosaics were very intricate and the frescoes very beautiful.