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Church of San Cataldo

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Neighbourhood: Tribunali
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Address: Piazza Bellini, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 091 616 1692
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This small church of San Cataldo was built in 1160, during the Norman...

This small church of San Cataldo was built in 1160, during the Norman occupation of Palermo.

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Small, simple, intimate 12th century church

Next to the Martians in the center of Palermo, this is a small church built 800 years ago with a mix of byzantine-arab architecture. The pink domes are a landmark of the toe but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Cleveland, Oh
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Cleveland, Oh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Next to the Martians in the center of Palermo, this is a small church built 800 years ago with a mix of byzantine-arab architecture. The pink domes are a landmark of the toe but the interior is also very interesting with pure design and simple construction with base white gray stones. Aside from ornate columns, the church is bare: the... More 

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Ijmuiden, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We stumbled on this church looking for the church next to it. That one wasn't open yet so we decided to visit this one as well. The interior is very humble and small but very nice built. You can see the different styles in building. Just visit this obesity if you have a minute to spare!

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Northbrook, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This little church is not full of baroque ornamentation or Norman mosaic art. But it is one of the most ancient places of worship in Palermo, and Italy. The small interior reflects how, even more than 1,000 years ago, people sought to elevate their faith in the Diviine. It is a place for reflection about your place in the world,... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Small scale austerity. I found this church through Trip Advisor; it is well worth a visit. I acannot but agree with the otrher reviewers here.

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New York, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a small Crusader church right next to La Martorana. It is simple and worth a visit since you're there already.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Unique in my experience. Small, quiet and with a nice spiritual atmosphere. It has none of the obvious trappings of wealth and power of many of the other churches in Italy - including La Martorana next door. An ancient romanesque building with an extraordinary ceiling. Well worth a visit! We bought the ticket that gave us half price at many... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Small church, Norman Architecture - a must see to experience it deep historical significance. There is a fee of 2.50eu to enter. When inside take note of the original mosaic floor. Absolutely stunning!

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Zug, Zug, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

It is absolutely worth to go and visit this church. It has an ancient and interesting history. It is nowadays managed by the Knights of Malta, which is quite intriguing...

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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Plain Norman Architecture - an absolute delight. Beautiful and serene - Well worth the visit fee of 2.5 Eu.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This church is one of several that belong to the UNESCO national status in Sicily involving the mixture of Norman-Arabic architecture.

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