Palermo Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palermo, located in Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. As an architectural complex, it is characterized by the presence of different styles, due to a long history of additions, alterations and restorations, the last of which occurred in the 18th century.
The church was erected in 1185 by Walter Ophamil, the Norman archbishop of Palermo and King William II's minister, on the area of an earlier Byzantine basilica. By all accounts this earlier church was founded by Pope Gregory I and was later turned into a mosque by the Saracens after their conquest of the city in the 9th century. Ophamil is buried in a sarcophagus in the church's crypt. The medieval edifice had a basilica plan with three apses, of which only some minor architectural elements survive today.
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Simon Bailey | Sep 23, 2017
Interesting architecture on the outside. Internally as everyone says it's pretty sparse and reminiscent of a lot of other churches around the world. I think it's a good place to remind you of the reason that the other churches in the city with their unique styles are to be celebrated so much. One really interesting thing about this cathedral which no one ever mentioned in any reviews or guidebooks is the meridian on the floor in front of the altar. Atsolar noon the sun shines in an opening and illuminates the current zodiac sign
Mike Coombe | Jan 6, 2018
Nice to visit and quite impressive on the outside. Arab Norman influence interesting
George Haworth | Sep 15, 2017
Worth walking past, no need to visit. A moderately interesting exterior, with a mix of architectural styles. Some parts nice others ...not. The interior is big. That's about it though, poorly decorated and in a mediocre state of repair.
Oleg Naumov | Nov 5, 2017
Excellent monument of medieval Norman culture and architecture. Although too few of original interiors survived inside. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light. It is worth to buy a ticket and visit tombs of Norman Kings and Emperor Frederick II of Holy Roman Empire, museum and roof of Cathedral.
Anne Amison | Feb 3, 2018
A beautiful exterior, a tranquil interior, set in attractive grounds in a quieter corner of Palermo.
Tim Slingschröder | Mar 9, 2018
This cathedral looks so beautiful! The statue and the few palm trees on the square in front of this impressive cathedral truly make a nice atmosphere. The architecture of the cathedral itself shows new parts have been added throughout the centuries, and the slight Arab twist gives it an exotic look. The interior also is worth having a look at. An icon of beautiful Palermo and a true must-see during your stay here.
Matt Treasure | Mar 10, 2018
Stunning architecture. What more can you say. Tranquil inside away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life.
Old Kakuli | Mar 19, 2018
A beautiful place anytime of day ... more so early in the morning.....
Nikita Alshinsky | Apr 24, 2018
Marvelous! You can climb the on the tower or to get down to the catacombs. I recommend both. Not very expensive by the way.
Sam Malek | Apr 10, 2018
One of Palermo’s most impressive monuments. The inside is ok but the outside is amazing!
robert morse | May 1, 2018
A must see. Try the roof top tour for amazing views.
Gopalakrishnan Krishnamurthi | May 13, 2018
Cathedral is good but over hyped and priced. Ticket to tombs is the best example. Climbing up the stairs and the view is another example. Having a guide would have probably added more historical knowledge making it more worth, which we missed out.
Doram Jacoby | May 21, 2018
The big Palermo Cathedral. It was very impressive but I found it more so on the outside.
Mike McCraith | Jun 3, 2018
Very beautiful church with a great view. Also, it's at most 7€ for a tour.l
A | Jun 14, 2018
The exterior is striking. A must see. It reminded me of a gothic sandcastle. The interior is very large, but in my opinion nowhere near the most impressive Palermo has to offer. There is no fee to enter unless you want to go to the roof. It's one of the busier churches, and tourist groups never treat these places as they would a church or an art gallery, so it's not the most quiet place to admire the art. But there's a lot to do here and a lot to see, some very beautiful paintings await inside and above the altar on the ceiling is an outrageous and unique painting; a portal showing a glimpse of heaven, the best part.
David Thornton | Jul 4, 2018
Externally the cathedral is absolutely splendid. The rooftop visit on a sunny day is well worth the climb up the narrow stairs. Some staff, as usual, would benefit from some basic training in customer service
Reuben Dias | Jun 10, 2018
Beautiful cathedral, we visited the as part of a tour in the area. The setting is fantastic and the artwork and decor inside are one of a kind. Beware of the conartist outside who will try and get money out of you. Worth a visit if around the area.
Grzegorz Pacyk | Jul 18, 2018
This huge cathedral was erected in 1185 and after many restorations and additions has many different architectural styles: Norman, Moorish, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical. Many kings and nobles were buried here. Entry is free of charge.
Gopalakrishnan Krishnamurthi | Jul 28, 2018
Cathedral is good but over hyped and priced. Ticket to tombs is the best example. Having a guide would have probably added more historical knowledge making it more worth, which we missed out.
Vlado Crnigoj Stajic | Aug 10, 2018
Grand, classical cathedral. What stood out for me was the fact that there is a heliometer with zodiac on the meridian and it shows the progression of the earth's inclination as the seasons change. Fascinating.
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