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. See Cattedrale di Palermo and all Palermo has to offer by arranging your trip with our Palermo online journey planner .
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  • It’s a MUST in Palermo! Well located and close to the Capo district with its amazing street market and delicious street food! It’s a journey into the authenticity of this unique Sicilian capital!  more »
  • Very particular church especially regarding the feast of Santa Rosalia on July 14-15 every year is decorated in a particular way and the journey starts from the church of Cattrdale until Piazza Marina all on foot.
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  • Great experience! Super easy to find, filled with history and culture, very compelling atmosphere even for a non-religious traveller. During the summer there is even a possibility to walk on the rooftop walkways without a guide, best way to experience the building by far. Very well maintained and clean facilities, please keep it so if you visit. And remember to respect the peace and quiet of the cathedral, so everyone can relax in their own way.
  • Exterior is the most interesting: an odd combination of Islamic, Gothic and Baroque. Plaster decorations on the walls are of exceptional quality. Do not forget to see the right wing, which has the appearance of a mosque. Interior is typical Baroque (not that impressive), but crypt is interesting enough (worth a visit). Do not forget to go on top to see a full city view...
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