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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...more
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Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 90040, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Cathedral is a must stop, very near to the three- four iconic points of Palermo. A vibe city that mixes interesting and valuable art and history. Located in the center a very good place to take the phone and impress yourself from such a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spectacular cathedral with rooftop views that are fantastic! We passed this cathedral every day while exploring Palermo. We both highly recommend 🇮🇹

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank StanKansas2019
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well worth a swatch,as are all places worth looking at very busy. Only one of our group went inside and remarked how ornate and beautiful this place of worship was

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Leggart68
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful exterior. Huge but otherwise unremarkable interior. If you are trying to see other sites, skip the Cathedral's interior. Do take 15 minutes to view the exterior. Stand back from it so you can really appreciate it.

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

We have seen many magnificent Cathedrals in our time so we find it hard to get too excited about any of them. Never-the-less this is quite impressive and worth a visit if you are in the vicinity. The plaza in front of the Cathedral and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 703grahamr
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely cathedral that almost springs out of the streets surrounding it. There is plenty to see inside whether you want sights or just some peaceful contemplation. There is an extra free to see the tombs of sovereigns, I didn't go in so...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank BackPacker800547
Reviewed 1 week ago

hardly a trace of the original Norman, gothic or Islamic styles of the outer fabric can be seen inside the building. Everything historical was covered up by marble in later centuries. As a consequence, this church has little if any atmosphere. A major disappointment, given...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Andrew C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A simply stunning cathedral, with gorgeous architecture inside and out. The best part of the whole experience though was the 5 euro spent to view the city from the roof, which was breathtaking and spectacular. Be warned though, the stairs up are tight and twisty....More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good visitid from finland suomi, loved the church. I was totally destructed becys there was payment onthe top of the church. I wanted for free.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank einomatkoil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After going to teatro massimo headed to the cathedral. Located not too far from teatro it is in a pedestrian area and you can walk the steps to get a spectacular view of the city from there.

Date of experience: October 2019
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