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Arab-Norman Church of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

Built in the 12th century this Arab-Norman church belongs to the Papal Order of the Knights of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Anthony H
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Williamsburg, Virginia
Small, sparse inside but very moving

I like this little chapel. It has virtually no decoration inside but the architecture is truly... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
TJD744
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Cranleigh, 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Built in the 12th century this Arab-Norman church belongs to the Papal Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. This church is in the heart of Palermo and is next to the Unesco site of La Martorana and across the square from...More

Thank Anthony H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like this little chapel. It has virtually no decoration inside but the architecture is truly fascinating. Each of the columns has a different capitol and the sheer simplicity helps it to feel more personal and spiritual.

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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Unlike so many Palermo churches, it's the plain interior of this building that makes it so special. Rather than wall mosaics, admire the plain but elegant stone work and the 3 beautifull domes. Also look down at what's under your feet..

Thank grahamc785
Reviewed October 7, 2018

I loved this little church because it is so different from anything else in the area. The very plain architecture is Arab-Norman from the 12th century. Since the 1930's it belongs to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

Thank showmemo61
Reviewed October 3, 2018

I loved this little church - from it's unique external to its very understated internal yet architecturally interesting internal structure

Thank AnnaliseE4
Reviewed October 2, 2018

After all the baroque churches we visited this little church was utter bliss. Absolutely unadorned and in its simplicity quite enchanting. A place for reflection and peace. A Must-See in Palermo

Thank Hitchcock2
Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

This probably looks more impressive from outside, în terms of architecture. Inside it is very simple, no painting, no mosaic, but peaceful beauty.

Thank Anfrist
Reviewed September 28, 2018

A very small church - but one that utterly enchants. The light diffused through the small windows in the dome, the reflective quality of the stone and marble columns, the sheer simplicity of the space fulfills its function perfectly. Add in the beauty of the...More

Thank Maurice C
Reviewed September 3, 2018

The church of San Cataldo looks like a mosque because Arab architects designed it. It is actually Norman. The inside is quite stark with little decoration.

Thank CoachLo
Reviewed August 27, 2018

San Cetaldo, unlike other churches of the period, is devoid of mosaics. It has a slightly austere beauty to it. There is little to see beyond the architecture, but it is a gem.

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