Cathedral, Palermo

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    Cathedral

    by ruki Written Oct 9, 2005

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    Built in 1184 by the Norman king William II in the place of a Muslim mosque, the cathedral has undergone several renovations over the centuries, which have resulted in its current Neo-Classical style.
    The fourteenth-century door and the Gothic-Catalan style portico are worthy of note. The treasures that are kept inside, including some precious objects and embroidery found in the tombs of the Kings and emperors must be seen.

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    From 12th century onwards.....

    by Paisleypaul Written Sep 22, 2005

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    The cathedral is spectacular, started under the period of Norman rule in 1185 as a chapel built on the site of a former mosque, the capella been added to in different centuries and has been built around and renewed to become today's giant cathedral (parts of the Norman structure remain) , and the and the crypt, treasury and tombs (for which there is a nominal entrance charge) reflect these various styles over the centuries.
    The square is veey pleasant with plenty of seating also, Palermo is another place where you are constantly on the hoof !

    Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele

    Directions: Near the Four Corners - Capo side

    Norman Cathedral The roof detail Statue atop the obelisk in the centre of the piazz Interior
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    The cathedral

    by Propermark Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    During the Norman domination, in 1184 the archbishop of Palermo Walter Offamilio started the construction of a splendid cathedral to replace the Muslim mosque with a Christian church.
    Over the centuries the additions and restorations modified the original building: the most radical change was made by Ferdinando Fuga in 1771 and in 1809. He was an architect from Florence and gave to the interior of the church a neoclassical aspect.
    Visiting the Cathedral it is important to observe:

    the XIV century portal with bronze doors,

    the long right side is decorated with a scenic portico in Catalan-Gothic style from the XV century, under which there is a highly decorated portal by Antonio Gambarra in 1426,


    the apses kept their original form of the XII century.


    The Cathedral contains the Royal and Imperial tombs. Among the people buried there are Roger II, Henry VI of Hohenstaufen, Costance de Hauteville, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. Among the numerous chapels there is Santa Rosalia's, where in a silver urn done in 1631, there are kept the ashes of the patron Saint of Palermo.


    There is lastly fine treasure, comprising precious objects and pieces of embroidery found in Royal and Imperial tombs, holy vestments, chalices, ostensories.

    Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele

    Cathedral, Palermo, Sicily
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    Cathedral

    by hquittner Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    The cathedral has been much modified and "improved" over the centuries starting from the 12C.The corner towers have tiny minarets typical of the adoption by the Normans of local influences. They also built a campanile (across the street, partly supported by heavy arches. The W facade (seen in our intro) is 15C Gothic.The Spanish added Baroque throughout the interior and the dome.There are so many sights that we made a Travelog of the inside and porch.

    Directions: Going W. from Quattro Canti 4 blocks on N. side

    Campanile and SW facade tower Cathedral
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    Palermo Cathedral

    by bambino36 Written Oct 10, 2004

    The Palermo Cathedral was built in the place of an ancient muslim mosque in 1184 by order of a norman King called William II.
    The Cathedral suffered several renovations through the centuries, thus resulting in it's neo-classical style

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    The Cattedrale

    by monkeyfeesh Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    The Cathedral was founded in 1185, but construction wasn't finished for centuries. It's set back from Corso Vittorio Emanuele with its own small gardens. It's an odd but spectacular sight; a very striking building with contrasting architectural styles. The eastern end of the exterior is twelfth-century original. The dome was added in the late eighteenth-century. It's much more interesting from the outside - the interior was "modernized" at the same time as the dome was added, and it's somewhat cold and lacking in the character of the other Palermitan churches. Inside, you can see a number of royal tombs such as that of Roger II, and can also gain access to the treasury and crypt (Mon - Sat 9:30am - 5:30pm, 1 euro 50).

    Opening hours:
    Mon - Sat - 7am - 7pm
    Sun - 8am - 1:30pm and 4pm - 7 pm

    Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele

    Directions: It's really not possible to miss.

    Website: http://www.cattedrale.palermo.it/

    Palermo Cattedrale
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    PALERMO CATHEDRAL

    by patrikske Updated Jul 25, 2003

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    PALERMO CATHEDRAL.
    The cathedral was first begun in the 12th century. Originally designed as a Byzantine structure that was later renovated as a Mosque to provide a place of worship for the Islamic influence on this island. Later with Christian influence and construction that spanned hundreds of years the cathedral took shape as an enormously impressive, and aesthetically intriguing structure. The Gothic facade (which took more than 200 years to complete) is awesome !

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    Cathedrale

    by Martino100 Updated Jun 11, 2003

    This building is build in Normandic Arabic style. It was build in the 12th century.
    The building is very impressive and you must see it when you visit Palermo.
    Inside you can see the relic of Saint Rosalia, the patron of the city and some graves of Normandic kings.

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  • Cathedral

    by kedi+ Written Jun 3, 2003

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    During the Norman domination, in 1184 the archbishop of Palermo Walter Offamilio started the construction of a splendid cathedral to replace the Muslim mosque with a Christian church.
    Over the centuries the additions and restorations modified the original building: the most radical change was made by Ferdinando Fuga in 1771 and in 1809. He was an architect from Florence and gave to the interior of the church a neoclassical aspect.

    Address: C.so Vittorio Emanuele

    Phone: 091334376

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    Christian rivalry

    by CliffClaven Written Aug 24, 2002

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    They say that the rivalry of two brothers prompted them each to build a cathedral in a bid to earn greater glory and fame. When the buildings at Palermo and Monreale were finished, it had to be called a draw. The interior of the Monreale cathedral, with its overwhelming mosaic of Christ Pantocrator filling the ceiling above the altar, is magnificent. But the exterior of the cathedral in Palermo is one of the jewels of Christian architecture.

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    The Cathedral

    by SeaBreezeUSA Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Cathedral
    During the Norman domination, in 1184 the archbishop of Palermo Walter Offamilio started the construction of a splendid cathedral to replace the Muslim mosque with a Christian church.
    Over the centuries the additions and restorations modified the original building: the most radical change was made by Ferdinando Fuga in 1771 and in 1809. He was an architect from Florence and gave to the interior of the church a neoclassical aspect.

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    Palermo Cathedral

    by bambino36 Written Oct 10, 2004

    Inside many treasures are kept. Precious objects found in the tombs of Kings and Emperors. A "must visit" place.

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    Palermo's cathedral is an...

    by ucbwalker Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Palermo's cathedral is an astonishing synthesis of architectural styles. Inside, it's admittedly pretty dull, but that's more than made up for in the exuberant, schizophrenic exterior.

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    It's clear that a lot of...

    by ucbwalker Written Aug 25, 2002

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    It's clear that a lot of attention went into the construction of this cathedral. Even the doors are precious works of art.

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