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While not as opulent or decorated as other cloisters I visited in Sicily, or elsewhere, there was a quiet and relaxing serenity to this one. It turned out to be a place to sit, rest and enjoy the meditative coolness of the stones and shade.
There is a sign under the ticket booth stating the site is complete. Not until you are in, do you really evaluate the impact of this. Yes, it's only three euro per person but it's simply not worth the time.
A disappointing experience.
The Cloister in its rectangular shape dates back to ca. 1140. Extensive restoration work completed in 2003 enabled it to be re-opened to the public. That work did not seek to rebuild or replace what was missing or to undo all the effects of weather...More
The most interesting thing in here is the set of columns and capitals around the cloister. But half of them are missing (I wish I'd read the reviews before I went in!!!). See the cloister at Monreale instead.
You pay at the entrance and then walk up stairs. The sign says part of it is being renovated, but you don't really understand what that means until you get inside. They give you a guide that explains what the tops of the columns are...More