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A really interesting church......

This tiny church, which during the nineteenth century did duty as a post office, was well worth a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bob T
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Calm, quiet, peacful.

Stumbled upon this when looking for something else. It's beautiful in a very simple way. Calm... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RuthieMead
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London, United Kingdom
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This small church of San Cataldo was built in 1160, during the Norman occupation of Palermo.
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Piazza Bellini, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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+39 091 616 1692
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This tiny church, which during the nineteenth century did duty as a post office, was well worth a visit. Of great age and architectural interest it stands in complete contrast to the many baroque churches which you can find all over Palermo. Mérite un détour...More

Thank Bob T
Reviewed 1 week ago

No worth it as a destination in itself but worth it of you are visiting La Martorana next door. It's interesting to see an undecorated Arab Norman church and compare with the amazing mosaic of the the other Arab Norman churches.

Thank Ozless
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stumbled upon this when looking for something else. It's beautiful in a very simple way. Calm, and quiet. Loved it.

Thank RuthieMead
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It feels wrong to give such an old (built 1154) example of Arab-Norman architecture just two stars, but there is just not a lot to see in here. Especially after you see possibly the greatest artwork on earth in the mosaics found next door at...More

Thank Steveage
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to visit Palermo, you should visit this Church. With a iconic style, not much bigger, but very beautiful for sure!

Thank alexandramguedes
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

The church is located up stairs from the piazza. For £1.50 if you have other tickets it is not a bad place to see if you like mosaic floors but not much else.

Thank Adam C
Reviewed June 30, 2018

Small but so representative of the arab-normand architecture. This tiny church is just astonishingly gorgeous in its simplicity.

Thank khayyam2017
Reviewed June 15, 2018

one of few such old churches in the world. moving and humbling. i do not wantn to add. worth siting a little and reflect

Thank 401francoisd
Reviewed June 1, 2018

Excellent Norman/Arab church really serene but have to pay to get in irrelevant of your age group which is a pity as it was the best holy place.

Thank Lola006
Reviewed May 16, 2018

It costs to come in, inside it is small and there is nothing there. Some story/guide or any point of interest would be fair. Whatever info is there is outside as well. Felt completely deceived when stepped inside the entrance curtain. As support for maintenance,...More

Thank Lana V
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