Cattedrale di Palermo
Cattedrale di Palermo
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This cathedral was started in 1185 by the norman archbishop Gualtiero Offamilio. You can visit the Royal and Imperial tomb of Frederik the II, the urn with the relics of the patron Saint of Palermo Santa Rosalia, plus a treasury with a precious medieval crown and a crypt from the VII century. The church is free to enter, there is a ticket to access the monumental area composed by royal tombs, treasury, crypt and the roof.
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  • Timothy M
    Eureka, Missouri249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heavenly Church
    This is an architectural wonder built on a site where Christians worshiped since the 3rd and 4th centuries. This building dates to the12th century.It has been added to and changed several times over the centuries. See the altar made of silver and you can go up to the roof and get a view of it's Polermo surroundings.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Joanne
    Lake Mary, Florida1,787 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a need to see
    You can pick various places to visit inside, but its worth it to buy the all-inclusive for about 15E and visit everything. The first highlight is the roof. You have to walk up a narrow round turret like in a castle - it not for anyone with mobility problems. The view of Palermo is awesome and worth taking a lot of pictures. You have to wait for one group to come down before the guide lets another group up. Inside, there is a very small crypt that is not worth much (you can enter it as you come down from the roof). The main crypt is awesome - first you enter a treasure room with valuable items. Then down to the crypt with lots of caskets that are hundreds and thousands of years old. Some signs in English, but mostly Italian.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 4, 2023
  • Kay S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palermo Resolved
    I wanted to commend Trip Advisor for refunding my money for the walking tour that did not happen. When I complained n explained the no show guide experience, they promised me my full price of the tour would be refunded. My good experience with Trip Advisor/Viatour continues
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2023
  • Leif B
    Pietarsaari, Finland2,814 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An impressive cathedral.
    I was on a guided tour in Palermo and then I visited this impressive cathedral and I had also opportunity to visit the Royal Tombs of Roger II and his daughter Catherine. Impressive tomb of an important ruler of Sicilia. Outside the cathedral is very special with the arcades to the Archbishops' Palace.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 23, 2023
  • irina j
    London, United Kingdom2,006 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand building
    Main cathedral of Palermo and if you are in the area definitely worth a visit. Entrance is free, extra payment for roof visits and treasury . Unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit. Very serene and quiet inside. It was great to pose and stop after being hot and busy.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Fairycakes
    77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go to the roof!
    The cathedral from the outside is very beautiful, albeit with the dome in scaffolding. Inside isn't particularly amazing but worth a very quick walk around. We got the €7 ticket to the roof, this was totally worth it and the best part of our visit. You enter behind a hidden passage which is quite exciting and the views and spectacular!! Kids were free. Remember a shawl if your shoulders aren't covered for entrance to the church as they charge €1 for a modesty covering on the way in.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Jacqui S
    Bari, Italy19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking architecture!
    Absolutely stunning views of the city from the top of the walkways. The inside was also breath-taking: so much marble, so ornate. Mass was about to start while we were inside so they turned up the lights and it was wonderful. A word of caution to foreign visitors: make sure you are appropriately dressed and not half naked or you might be denied entry. They do, however, sell little shawls for a modest price that you cqan use to cover up. It's definitely worth visiting.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Matthew
    Lincoln, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building and good visit
    Inspiration for Tower Bridge in London. This is a great cathedral in a mix of styles. As a visitor here from England, it is very striking to me how much the corner towers resemble Tower Bridge in London - think the architect of Tower Bridge has taken inspiration from this beautiful cathedral
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • chrissy
    Adelaide, Australia111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely cathedral with rooftop views.
    Roman Catholic Church in Palermo, Sicily. It comprises of different styles due to the ‘add ons’ during its history. UNESCO historical site. Beautiful inside. We paid 7 Euros each to got onto the roof and see the burial tombs. The climb to the roof was easy, not that many steps but in the obviously small, spiral staircase. There is no entrance onto the roof in the rain. They allow a certain amount of people into the roof each time , let them down and the next go up. It was worthwhile. Entrance into the Cathedral itself was free.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • SaleDamc
    Sale, United Kingdom454 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the money
    An impressive building, standing in pleasant gardens, the cathedral itself if free to enter and surprising subdued inside, in terms of decoration. For 15 euros, you can buy a ticket which allows entry to the roof, crypt, Bishops museum and another museum, which is over the road from the cathedral. The views from the roof are fantastic but anyone with mobility issues may struggle to get up and down. The larger of the 2 crypts is well worth a visit and overall, a definite 'must do' in Palermo.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 29, 2023
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
When our group arrived, this cathedral was closed, so our guide could tell its history only in the courtyard, highlighting its unique architecture! The church was built in 1185. Certain elements of the corner towers were added in the XV. and XVI. century and during the late XVIII. century it got its neoclassical appearance. During our previous visit, we were inside the cathedral and were somewhat disappointed with its interior - but we saw the four main sarcophagi of the Norman rulers of Sicily.
Written April 15, 2024
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Benjamin W
Genoa, Italy758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is a must-see attraction. I've been to many cathedrals in my life but this one was one of the best. Very ornate, huge and magnificent and not expensive. Well worth seeing.
Written April 9, 2024
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Ana V
Eugene, OR651 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The outside of the cathedral is very beautiful. Be sure to get a ticket to climb up to the roof. There are two levels you can explore on the way up. Be sure to do the lower one first since you cannot go back. The stairway in the tower is quite medieval. This is quite the experience and the views are great.
Written April 8, 2024
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,850 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
I thought this church was quite beautiful. It’s very large and the interior is very impressive. I like old churches and this one did not disappoint. There is also a display inside for a priest that was killed by the mafia for giving people hope.
Written April 5, 2024
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dgraham76
Hyde, UK1,424 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is great to see and there a variety of prices tickets you can purchase, including a balcony/ walk with a view.
It is amazing to see from inside and outside, I only had the basic ticket as I had been into another church with a view just a few minutes earlier so one was enough otherwise I was intrigued
Written March 23, 2024
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Angelo Z
Evant, TX300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The cathedral is an impressive and impossing blend of Arab, Norman,Gothic and Baroque. The inside shares some of the same influences, there is much to see. There are different chapels, crypts and what’s called the treasury. You can also go on the roof but it’s very narrow. The park outside is a great place to people watch.
Written January 1, 2024
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Dmitrii Marinkevich
Manosque, France189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We visited Palermo for 1 day by cruiser and had great chance to see the cattedrale di Palermo. Walk around and take few photos. Sit inside and pray. Some areas are not accessible, but it was not an issue.
Written November 28, 2023
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Cynicoren
Beersheba, Israel2,582 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The outer part of the cathedral is very impressive, as the influences of the Muslims, Normans and others on the architecture are evident.
On the inside, it pale in comparison.
The cathedral is surrounded with nice gardens.
Written November 17, 2023
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Busker999
Tonbridge, UK985 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautiful cathedral outside and inside. Easy to find and right in the centre. Good to see this before Monreale to compare.
Written November 10, 2023
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SaleDamc
Sale, UK454 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
An impressive building, standing in pleasant gardens, the cathedral itself if free to enter and surprising subdued inside, in terms of decoration. For 15 euros, you can buy a ticket which allows entry to the roof, crypt, Bishops museum and another museum, which is over the road from the cathedral. The views from the roof are fantastic but anyone with mobility issues may struggle to get up and down. The larger of the 2 crypts is well worth a visit and overall, a definite 'must do' in Palermo.
Written October 29, 2023
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