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Cattedrale

  • Corso Vittorio Emanuele Map It
  • Capo
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 05/03/2016

Fodor's Review

This church is a lesson in Palermitano eclecticism—originally Norman (1182), then Catalan Gothic (14th to 15th century), then fitted out with a Baroque and Neoclassical interior (18th century). Its turrets, towers, dome, and arches come together in the kind of meeting of diverse elements that King Roger II (1095–1154), whose tomb is inside along with that of Frederick II, fostered during his reign. The back of the apse is gracefully decorated with interlacing Arab arches inlaid with limestone and black volcanic tufa. It's possible to visit the cathedral's roof for some fabulous city views for a €5 fee from Monday to Saturday every half hour 10–4:30, or with a night visit on scheduled Saturdays between April and October.

Sight Information

Address:

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Capo, Sicily, 90134, Italy

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Phone:

091-334373

Sight Details:

  • Free. €7 for treasury, crypt, royal tombs, and roof visit; €3 for treasury, crypt, and tombs; €5 for roof visit only.
  • Cathedral: Mar.–Oct., daily 9–5:30; Nov.–Feb., daily 9:30–1. Treasury, crypt, and royal tombs: weekdays 9:30–1:30 and 2:30–5:30. Roof night visits: certain Sat. in Apr.–Oct., 9 pm–midnight (last entrance at 11:30 pm); check website for exact dates.

Published 05/03/2016

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