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Pretty little church

A neat, nice and not too improved XIIth cent church , pleasant to pop in and see for ten... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2012
Enjoyable as usual

Very nice and interesting place to visit. Be sure to have some information on the church with... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2012
Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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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 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.

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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

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.

2  Thank ZOR-O16
Reviewed 25 June 2012

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

Thank Ernando A
Reviewed 9 June 2012

Beautiful Church which was unusually plain but distinct

Thank SueandHoward
Reviewed 21 May 2012

Splendid old church, near Palazzo dei Normanni, from 12th century. It has some Arab elements (three pink domes), and it is built in a simple linear style. The interior, with no decoration except the mosaic on the floor, has three vaults corresponding probably to the...More

1  Thank silvisly
Reviewed 18 May 2012

One of my favourite churches in Palermo. "What?" I hear you scream. "What about la Matorana? La Cattedrale? La capella palatine? Yeah yeah yeah, all those show how tremendously rich Palermo was in the medieval. But for simple, pure, God-worshipping spirituality, you can't beat San...More

2  Thank GrandTour802714
Reviewed 17 May 2012

This is a jewel of a church and likely overlooked by many. Interesting history and interesting architecture.

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Reviewed 8 May 2012

A small church and a wonderful example of Arabian/Norman architecture (unique to Sicily) with exterior red domes and a white stone interior. Don't miss it.

Thank KarenH224
Reviewed 9 April 2012

This little Arab / Norman church, with its row of pink Arabic domes, is architecturally simple but the interior has an austere beauty that I, for one, loved. Recommended.

Thank handel21
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