Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti, Palermo

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    San Giovanni degli Eremeti

    by pecsihornet Updated Sep 29, 2007

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    San Giovanni degli Eremeti (St. John of the Hermits) is a 12th-century Norman church.
    With its Arab-inspired bulbous red domes, the church is one of the most characteristic landmarks on the Palermo skyline and is the most romantic building remaining from the heyday of Norman Palermo.
    Unfortunatelly the church and its clositer was closed during our travel because of restoration.
    We coud go up to the belfry of the nearby church. The restoration will be finished in 1 year.(till 2008 autumn)

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    by marco2005 Written Dec 30, 2005

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    Monastery of Saint John of the Hermits

    Located near the Royal Palace, the Abbey Church of St. John of the Hermits (San Giovanni degli Eremiti) is another fine example of 12th century Norman-Arab construction here in Palermo. That it was built upon a mosque may account for its particularly Arabic style, with five reddish cupolas. (Incidentally, we do not know for certain whether these cupolas were originally red.) The bell tower is the only part of the building that has a distinctively Norman appearance, with its Gothic lines and mullioned windows. Were it not for the bell tower, Saint John's could easily be mistaken for a mosque.

    The construction of St. John of the Hermit's was ordered by Roger II in 1130 for the Benedictine Order. St. John's visual impact results mostly from its external features, with its charming Arabesque domes amidst the surrounding trees and gardens, and an elegant cloister, probably a 13th century addition constructed in the Romanesque style, though it combines harmoniously with the Church and its surrounding gardens.

    The Church of St. John of the Hermits is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 to 1 and 3 to 7. On Sundays, the Church is only open in the morning from 9 to 1. There is a nominal admission fee

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    San Giovanni degli Eremiti Church...

    by Propermark Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    San Giovanni degli Eremiti, Palermo, Italy, Europe

    Roger II had erected it in 1142.

    The annexed monastery was one of the most privileged and the richest of the Norman domination also because it was the seat of the abbot. Who was the King's confessor and according to a royal decree members of the royal family were to be buried in the cementery of the abbey. But this decree was never applied.


    The Church, now deconsecrated, is one of the most typical monuments of the Norman domination in Palermo.

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    San Giovanni degli Eremiti

    by monkeyfeesh Written Mar 13, 2004

    This church was built in the 12th century. Back then it was particularly favoured by the then monarch, Roger II. Now, it's a deconsecrated shell. It was built atop the ruins of a mosque, and you can see an Arabic influence in its ochre domes. Once past the entrance, you walk up through the citrus gardens into the main church. There's not really much to see inside; there's a battered old fresco but nothing else in the way of decoration. Also part of the grounds are the ruins of the cloisters, a very pretty but also small area. But the most striking thing about the church and its gardens is how peaceful it is. For that alone it's worth visiting: it's one of the few places in Palermo that feels entirely at rest, and for once you can barely even hear the traffic. It costs around 4 euros 20 to get in, with age related discounts up to 25 and over 65.

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    Escape from the chaotic city life

    by Alice-Kees Updated Sep 10, 2003

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    Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremeti

    Not far from the Palazzo dei Normanni we found this little church (Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremeti) with very peaceful cloisters and garden. The church is built by both Normans and Arabs. Inside, the church is quite bare. It's the cloisters you should come here for, if only to find some rest from the busy city life of Palermo.

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  • Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti

    by kedi+ Updated Jun 3, 2003

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    Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti

    The annexed monastery was one of the most privileged and the richest of the Norman domination also because it was the seat of the abbot. Who was the King's confessor and according to a royal decree members of the royal family were to be buried in the cementery of the abbey. But this decree was never applied.

    The Church, now deconsecrated, is one of the most typical monuments of the Norman domination in Palermo.

    I couldn't enter inside since we weren't having small coins and I got very angry with the guy on info.

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    San Giovanni Degli Eremiti, a...

    by ucbwalker Written Aug 25, 2002

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    San Giovanni Degli Eremiti, a cherry-domed Norman church adjoined by ruined cloister grounds. The interior of the church is very small and spare, decorated only with this damaged fresco. The real draw is the atmospheric ruins of the cloister.

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    Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti

    by Martino100 Written Jun 11, 2003

    This little church dates from the 12th century and is build in Normandic style. Typical for this church are the five red domes on top of the church.This church has also a beautiful little garden.

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