Sights & landmarks in Palermo

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  • Angelo Z
    Evant, TX300 contributions
    The cathedral is an impressive and impossing blend of Arab, Norman,Gothic and Baroque. The inside shares some of the same influences, there is much to see. There are different chapels, crypts and what’s called the treasury. You can also go on the roof but it’s very narrow. The park outside is a great place to people watch.
    Written 1 January 2024
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  • Jeremy R
    4 contributions
    Interesting place with lots of history, don't bother with the holographic room, but the other rooms were worth a visit. Only one toilet in the whole place by the entrance and costs 50c
    Written 3 January 2024
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  • Angelo Z
    Evant, TX300 contributions
    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.
    Written 2 January 2024
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  • Cynicoren
    Beersheba, Israel2,582 contributions
    Hundreds of skeletons are displayed, some in better, so in worse condition.
    Most of them are dressed up according to their time, so it's interesting from that perspective, as there are dead from all walks of life.
    Obviously, makes you think about your own mortality and life.
    Taking pictures is not allowed.
    The site is off the beaten path, so you have to take a bus (15-20 minutes drive from the city center), and walk in a strange route to get there.
    Written 17 December 2023
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  • Ros0604
    London, UK291 contributions
    This was a fascinating visit - really interesting history and building, filled with lovely things. Excellent tour. Wonderful that it is still a home, lived in and loved. Highly recommend this visit. Allow time to find it - fairly neat the cathedral but in the backstreets
    Written 23 September 2023
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  • Marc B
    Austin16 contributions
    The most beautiful church in Palermo, maybe anywhere. An amazing assembly of marble and semi-precious stone installed over several hundred years. It's only a short walk from major streets but very worth your time.
    Written 19 December 2023
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  • Angelo Z
    Evant, TX300 contributions
    The fountain and historic plaza make for a good read before going and in my opinion are a must see. The fountain has many statues made from the famous white marble.
    Imported from Florence. The fountain was very controversial in its day.
    Was called the Fountain of Shame.
    Written 2 January 2024
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  • Angelo Z
    Evant, TX300 contributions
    This is what’s considered the center of old Palermo. The 4 corners are interesting to see each has a different season and story depicted with statues and water fountains. It’s at the intersection of 2 major streets that you will want to stroll down. Musicians usually playing.
    Written 2 January 2024
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  • Bansteadfamily
    Surrey, UK320 contributions
    Having read previous reviews I wasn't expecting anything in English at all. As it happens our guide had quite good English and gave us quite a few details although not as many as he was giving to the Italian visitors. Best to assume it's a bit hit and miss. Although this is called the Inquisition museum it is less about the actual Inquisition and more about the evidence and artwork left behind by those imprisoned- still fascinating. And of course it's in a wonderfully ancient palazzo with it's own history. You can only go round by tour and the tours go hourly- you can check the website but take the info with a pinch of salt!
    Still worth a visit.
    Written 30 May 2023
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  • Cynicoren
    Beersheba, Israel2,582 contributions
    The Piazza and the water fountain could be known around the world if the city would invest in this area. Located in the historical city center, surrounded by buildings and churches that really need painting and renovations, you can find in its center a beautiful water fountain that ,sadly, doesn't work.
    Written 15 November 2023
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  • Matt H
    London, UK51 contributions
    Beautiful church and really interesting to see the monastery and how the nuns lived up until 2014
    The cost of entry is a little steep compared to others in the city, but we went to many churches and this was our favourite and worth the visit.. To top it off you get fantastic view from the roof top of the whole city a chance to relax in the courtyard and buy the most delicious cannoli ever
    Written 10 October 2023
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  • Francesca
    Palermo, Italy59 contributions
    Incredible ride up Mount Pelligrino on the 812 bus next to the Politeama Theatre. Be careful on the way back; they take a different route. Go to the shrine in the late afternoon. There is no one there.
    Written 8 November 2023
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy12,481 contributions
    The visitor who enters the San Cataldo church in Palermo today has probably already previously seen some images of this church, or of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, or of both; and he will therefore have perceived the strength that their red domes give to the layout of these two churches. I don't know if there is an investigation into this; but probably, if carried out, it would reveal that the red domes are the prevailing perceptive data in the collective mental images of the two churches.
    Well, there are strong doubts that the reddish color was the original one of these domes, when the church was built, as the chapel of a large palace of the "admiral" (in reality: supreme official) Maione da Bari, minister of the King of Sicily Guglielmo I (1154-1160). Some scholars exclude that the domes were red, others believe it possible; but in short there are very strong doubts on the question.
    But in any case, who would want to eliminate red from the domes today? It would be like wanting to make the Parthenon polychrome again, since it was originally so. The layout of these monuments is now "ours", more than it's that of their founders.
    Apart from the domes, on my last visit (which isn't the first) I found San Cataldo very evocative, even more so than nearby Martorana (because heavily transformed in the early modern age). The central plan of the church recalls the idea of perfection - according to the Neoplatonic ideal which would later be adopted by Bramante and other architects of the Italian Renaissance - an idea which is reiterated by the simplicity of the external walls (interrupted by simple, beautiful windows) and by the the essentiality of the interior, in which the columns, arches, domes and the splendid original floor compose a sublime play of volumes and lights.
    Written 22 December 2023
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  • Clive S
    110 contributions
    caught the bus up to the top for wonderful views and a very nice cooling breeze - a change form the oppressive city heat. nice place to sit down for a while and relax. Shame its not looked after a bit better, so much litter, and a lovely statue of santa rosalia sprayed with graffiti - so sad. hard to find any reliable info on the bus, but caught the 812 bus from just off Piazza Don Luigi Sturzo. Info states that they go every 1hr 15mins, but in reality seem to be every 15mins, passed 2 on the way up and saw three leave during our 1 hour visit. 15min stroll back down the road gets you to the church of S. Rosalia and a couple of nice cafes and a few tat stalls. All things considered, a very nice morning out.
    Written 14 September 2023
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  • Jimvin
    Caterham, UK957 contributions
    Not a long visit on this one as the second floor was closed off. The English guide had lots of information, and I was disappointed I could not go to the second floor as it sounded interesting. I am not sure of the reason. Some of the rooms are incredible, some are tired and in need of restoration, and there was a wonderful fountain in the middle courtyard. You can buy a combo ticket for two close by museums. Not expensive. Allow 45 mins to one hour on this Palazzo.
    Written 14 April 2023
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