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Church of San Cataldo

Piazza Bellini, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 616 1692
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Not such a big church but worth popping in for 15 minutes, next to bigger church, but the age of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
djwithington
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
Simple, elegant and beautiful

A small square church of 12th C, built in Arab/Norman style. We appreciated the simple, beautiful... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Moses H
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london, United Kingdom
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This small church of San Cataldo was built in 1160, during the Norman occupation of Palermo.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“red domes” (14 reviews)
“la martorana” (14 reviews)
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Piazza Bellini, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not such a big church but worth popping in for 15 minutes, next to bigger church, but the age of this one is what makes it special

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A small square church of 12th C, built in Arab/Norman style. We appreciated the simple, beautiful interior of the church, which matches the outside facade.

Thank Moses H
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

The setting and history suggest this is worth visiting. Look from the outside the inside is disappointing. Really interesting town along side.. but don’t know what it is.

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

Beautiful Arab-Norman building though the charged 2.5 Euro to get in and there is nothing really to see in the interior. I thought the free view from outside of this church next to the Santa Maria was more beautiful.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

We saw a tiny church with a lot of works in progress. So it doesn't worth the extra you have to pay. The church Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio is beautiful and you don't need to pay more. Enjoy just the exterior !

Thank Sophie B
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

I see other reviewers recommending the interior, for completely different reasons from the Martorana next door. But I just looked at the distinct Arab influence on the outside, especially the pink domes, the window shapes and decorations, and the frieze around the top of the...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

A fascinating romanesque type church, with gorgeous mosaics. Well worth a visit, as is the next door church.

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

I just saw this from the outside and was intrigued by the mixture of styles – Arabic and Norman. There was also an interesting tower next door. It was rather busy and I was going to go back later to look inside but unfortunately never...More

Thank leenabloxham
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

If you've visited other churches in Palermo, you'll be surprised by the interior of this one as it's very stark, apart from one decorated cupola. However, this is the beauty of the church which has a very distinctive Arab-Norman exterior and is opposite the much...More

Thank cakewithaview
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

I'm sorry that Tonk from Oxford was not able to experience the peace and contemplation that being within such a building brings. The building has a certain presence which comes with its age and history. Sadly, my peace was ruined by a family of 3...More

Thank Nigel H
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