Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)

Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)

Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)
4.5
Monday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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This chapel is known for its superb gold Byzantium mosaics.
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  • SaleDamc
    Sale, United Kingdom457 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    This beautiful little 12th century church is well worth a visit. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's mix of architectural styles and ornate decoration make it vey pleasing on the eye. Byzantine/Arab/Baroque styles all blend together with magnificent frescoes, especially in the cupola. At just 2 euro to enter, it is well worth the small fee but it can get crowded.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Angelo Z
    Crawford, Texas333 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and historic church
    Beautiful church with a rich history. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site. One of the few church’s anywhere where both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic services and rites can be held. The cost is only €2 and well worth a visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 January 2024
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe4,846 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The church with the famous mosaic depicting king Roger II
    Even though this old church, founded in 1143, is not open for tourists on Sundays, we were able to visit it. There was a christening ceremony, interestingly partly in Latin, partly in Greek! Of course, we remained at the back where we were very close to the famous mosaic of Roger II. It depicts the moment when the Norman king receives his crown from Christ. Next time in Palermo, we will visit the La Martorana again to see Byzantine mosaics in the dome and on the arches.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2024
  • Mark B
    Rochester, United Kingdom62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    Tiny little church that you can visit in five minutes. It costs just a couple of euros to get in but it will be the most amazing five minutes of your visit. Compared with the Cathedral and the palace, it’s tiny but you’ll get the same wow factor - almost worth the trip to Palermo in itself.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2024
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio ( LA Martorana) established in 1143 and underwent changes and extensions during the Baroque period. The church has a plethora of stucco and enamel decorations, wonderful fresco paintings and an amazing mosaic of "Jesus Pantokrator Surrounded by Angels." One of a variety of mosaics on the walls and whichever way you look. This church is a highly recommended site NOT 2 B MISSED.
Written 6 June 2020
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Jazzumbo
Romania2,088 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio (Church of the Admiral) was built about 900 years ago by Muslim constructors for an Orthodox Christian admiral – George of Antioch, who paid mosaic crafters from Constantinople to come to Palermo and decorate it with stunning Byzantine mosaics. One of the mosaics depicts George of Antioch praying to Virgin Mary, while another one shows the Norman King Roger of Sicily receiving the power and crown directly from Jesus. After the death of the admiral, the church became Catholic and starting from XVI century went under several transformations and restorations.
Currently, some of the Byzantine mosaics, displaying messages in Greek language, are still visible near the Catholic frescoes painted in XVIII century, while the high altar is Baroque. Since George of Antioch was fluently speaking Arabic, there are also some Arabic inscriptions on two of the columns, so the mixture of styles and influences in this church is really mind-blowing.
Written 22 October 2020
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SaleDamc
Sale, UK457 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This beautiful little 12th century church is well worth a visit. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's mix of architectural styles and ornate decoration make it vey pleasing on the eye. Byzantine/Arab/Baroque styles all blend together with magnificent frescoes, especially in the cupola. At just 2 euro to enter, it is well worth the small fee but it can get crowded.
Written 29 October 2023
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kevin0brien
Cardiff, UK153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is without question one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever seen. The whole of the interior tells the most wonderful stories and is quite breathtaking.
Make sure you put this on your Sicily bucket list.
Written 14 November 2021
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,420 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, or La Martorana is next to the Norman Church of San Cataldo. Its name comes from Admiral George of Antioch, who founded the church in 1143.

It is characterized by a mixture of styles, due to successive enrichments along the centuries. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale.

The main cupola above the altar has wonderful bizantine mosaics from the 12th century - this is the part I personally liked best.

A side altar in baroque style is also noteworthy.
Written 1 December 2022
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Seeking True Quality
Europe4,846 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Even though this old church, founded in 1143, is not open for tourists on Sundays, we were able to visit it. There was a christening ceremony, interestingly partly in Latin, partly in Greek! Of course, we remained at the back where we were very close to the famous mosaic of Roger II. It depicts the moment when the Norman king receives his crown from Christ.
Next time in Palermo, we will visit the La Martorana again to see Byzantine mosaics in the dome and on the arches.
Written 26 April 2024
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bcp20
USA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Beautiful, ornate, unique. We had already visited the duomo (cattedrale di palermo) and wondered what else this church could offer. Apparently, a lot. The style is somewhat different and the scale more intimate. It was beautiful. Definitely visit.
Written 1 May 2023
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Bex Deptford
London, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
This is an amazing little gem easy to miss. It belongs to the Albanian/Arbëresh eparchy, which kept the eastern orthodox rite since they arrived here in 15th century fleeing from Turks in their homeland. The liturgy is in old Greek and old Albanian. The frescoes are divine. A glimpse into mini Condtantinople in the middle of Sicily
Written 5 March 2020
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,608 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
This should be at the top of anyone's list of sites that are essential to see. Impressive mosaics above all. Pay attention to the division of the building between the Medieval frescoes and later mosaics. You can see the difference in periods right down to the floor tiles.
Very impressive site.
Written 8 March 2022
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GalwayForever
Dublin, Ireland28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Martorana church has got one of the most beautiful terrace on Palermo city and Dock I 've never enjoyed.
Church itself is a little treasure : indoor and outdoor. Little steeps lead you easily to the roof to admire the scenario.
Down there a little, exquisite tipical Italian courte garden with a fountain, welcome you untill the Martorana pasticceria. So you must take a piece of Martorana fruit or a Sicilian Cannolo! Superb location.
Written 22 July 2021
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