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Very small

The church is very small, but beautiful. I like this kind of churches. But I think it's a crime to... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2012
Moscow, Russia
A not hidden gem

I stopped by this afternoon to check and see when the church was open (my guidebook said mornings... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2012
Pam S
Oakland, California, United States
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This small church of San Cataldo was built in 1160, during the Norman occupation of Palermo.
Piazza Bellini, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 616 1692
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

The church is very small, but beautiful. I like this kind of churches. But I think it's a crime to take money for a visit lasting 5 minutes or even less.

Date of experience: August 2012
Thank tanya_trostnikova
Reviewed 24 October 2012

I stopped by this afternoon to check and see when the church was open (my guidebook said mornings only) but in fact it was open and a pleasure to see. Two lovely women greet you (neither distracted on telefonino as is often typical) and help...More

Date of experience: October 2012
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

This former small Arab mosque converted by the Normans to a small catholic church looks nstunning with it's rich red dome. The church is being refurbished inside so it is closed for visits.

Date of experience: October 2012
Thank nenf
Reviewed 13 October 2012

Peaceful, charming and inspiring, especially among the neighbouring churches. Worth a detour, together with San Giovanni degli Eremiti.

Date of experience: September 2012
1  Thank IGF
Reviewed 12 October 2012

Located on a square that has no less than 3 churches. This small but elegant building is certainly one of the most interesting historical buildings of the city. Keep the tickets they give you right of access at a reduced fee to some of the...More

1  Thank AnnyDirk
Reviewed 4 October 2012

A neat, nice and not too improved XIIth cent church , pleasant to pop in and see for ten minutes. It has not been overlaid with baroque marble and gilt like so many Sicilian churches.

Date of experience: October 2012
Thank Aligern
Reviewed 25 August 2012

Very nice and interesting place to visit. Be sure to have some information on the church with you-so you can feel the greatness of this old building deeper. Anyway, it is an extremely beautiful place, where you can at least make several really nice photos...More

Date of experience: August 2012
2  Thank Seetheowl
Reviewed 3 August 2012

La Cataldo is much smaller inside than appears from the outside. It is a great arab and norman mix, with simple but beautiful architectural features. Practical tip: ticketsmfrom here allow you reductions at Palazzo dei Normani. Closed at lunchtime.

Date of experience: July 2012
2  Thank ZOR-O16
Reviewed 25 June 2012

A combination of Norman and Arab on the outside. Extremely agreeable and interesting inside.

Date of experience: May 2012
Thank Ernando A
Reviewed 9 June 2012

Beautiful Church which was unusually plain but distinct

Date of experience: May 2012
Thank SueandHoward
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