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A sense of calm

Unlike so many Palermo churches, it's the plain interior of this building that makes it so special... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Graham C
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Unique

I loved this little church because it is so different from anything else in the area. The very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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This small church of San Cataldo was built in 1160, during the Norman occupation of Palermo.
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Piazza Bellini, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unlike so many Palermo churches, it's the plain interior of this building that makes it so special. Rather than wall mosaics, admire the plain but elegant stone work and the 3 beautifull domes. Also look down at what's under your feet..

Thank Graham C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved this little church because it is so different from anything else in the area. The very plain architecture is Arab-Norman from the 12th century. Since the 1930's it belongs to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

Thank showmemo61
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved this little church - from it's unique external to its very understated internal yet architecturally interesting internal structure

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After all the baroque churches we visited this little church was utter bliss. Absolutely unadorned and in its simplicity quite enchanting. A place for reflection and peace. A Must-See in Palermo

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This probably looks more impressive from outside, în terms of architecture. Inside it is very simple, no painting, no mosaic, but peaceful beauty.

Thank Anfrist
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very small church - but one that utterly enchants. The light diffused through the small windows in the dome, the reflective quality of the stone and marble columns, the sheer simplicity of the space fulfills its function perfectly. Add in the beauty of the...More

Thank Maurice C
Reviewed 3 September 2018

The church of San Cataldo looks like a mosque because Arab architects designed it. It is actually Norman. The inside is quite stark with little decoration.

Thank CoachLo
Reviewed 28 August 2018

San Cetaldo, unlike other churches of the period, is devoid of mosaics. It has a slightly austere beauty to it. There is little to see beyond the architecture, but it is a gem.

Thank pjg3
Reviewed 17 August 2018

This tiny church, which during the nineteenth century did duty as a post office, was well worth a visit. Of great age and architectural interest it stands in complete contrast to the many baroque churches which you can find all over Palermo. Mérite un détour...More

Thank Bob T
Reviewed 7 August 2018

No worth it as a destination in itself but worth it of you are visiting La Martorana next door. It's interesting to see an undecorated Arab Norman church and compare with the amazing mosaic of the the other Arab Norman churches.

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