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Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana): Tours & Tickets

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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This chapel is known for its superb gold Byzantium mosaics.
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Piazza Bellini 3, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The church is beautiful and if you pay for the ticket, you get a discount in the church next to it. Not everyone knows that on the opposite side of the square there is a monastery - well wort a visit as well!

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is so picturesque! The piazza is inviting. You can get a cocktail or coffee in the square too in front of Teatro Bellini.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Julia M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful church decorated by a large ensemble of Byzantine mosaics. The interior is exquisite, the mosaics, frescoes were extraordinary. It was originally an Orthodox church, but check out the Arabic inscription in the dome. As varied, multicultural and interesting as most of the buildings from...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank jcarmello
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazingly beautiful church decorated by a large ensemble of Byzantine mosaics of the highest artistic level! Absolutely to see, along with Capella Palatinate, Cefalu and Monreale cathedrals! The whole interior seems to shine due to golden backgrounds of mosaics. Iconography is also very interesting and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank CatherineBulg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is the highlight of the classic half day old city sightseeing tour and so easy to do on your own. The Church’s Norman mosaics are amazing - this is a great partner to Monreale and another must-see

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Carolyn C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The interior is exquisite, the mosaics, frescoes were extraordinary. So glad we saw this. There was a wdding a day earlier so we went back the next day an so glad we did.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kate L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Possibly my favourite church out of all that we visited, lovely feel about it, amazing decoration. I would say its a must see.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Millymollymandy28
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A real joy to visit. The baroque is a later refurb (though pleasing to the eye), but the mosaics and general structure are the originals. Having read about the Normans years ago, I was especially looking forward to seeing this church and it didn't disappoint....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank StillJustDave
Reviewed 29 August 2019

La Martorana is situated right next to San Cataldo. Both churches incorporate features from the time of the Normans. The Martorana's colourful interior contrasts with the spartan San Cataldo but together they provide an insight into the arab-norman architectural fusion in Palermo (with some later...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Ray C Z
Reviewed 25 July 2019

This church is a one-stop shop to understand the history of Palermo and its diversity. Highly recommend touring the church with a guide to get the best experience. Worth the very reasonable entry fee.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Sergio P
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