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The Church of the 3 red domes

Both the exterior and the interior of San Cataldo are very simple. However, this small church has... read more

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Neighbour of La Martorana

As a contrast to the ugly rebuilding in Baroque style of La Martorana, its neighbour San Cataldo... read more

Reviewed 13 December 2018
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Both the exterior and the interior of San Cataldo are very simple. However, this small church has its charm in showing the walls, arches, vaults and stone domes with a beautifully decorated floor with a large mosaic of white marble with colored tiles

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 13 December 2018

As a contrast to the ugly rebuilding in Baroque style of La Martorana, its neighbour San Cataldo also dating from the12th century is almost untouched. The interior is serene; there are no mosaic decorations, but the Arab-Norman architecture makes it very interesting!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

The marvel of this church is its simplicity and austerity. Small windows, no big paintings or statues give to this intimate chapel the sense of peace and communion with divinity so missed in our days. A must see in Palermo.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 7 December 2018

This is in my opinion one of the most beautiful sites and views of Palermo city. This very old church has a mixture of roman, gothic and arabic architecture. With the palm tree in front and the arabic (eunuch) cupolas it looks very exotic. Very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 27 November 2018

There was a fee charge to enter the Church of San Cataldo. I had never encounter this before. I did not think the Catholic Church allowed such practices..

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

Built in the 12th century this Arab-Norman church belongs to the Papal Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. This church is in the heart of Palermo and is next to the Unesco site of La Martorana and across the square from...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anthony H
Reviewed 29 October 2018

I like this little chapel. It has virtually no decoration inside but the architecture is truly fascinating. Each of the columns has a different capitol and the sheer simplicity helps it to feel more personal and spiritual.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2018 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..

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank grahamc785
Reviewed 7 October 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank showmemo61
Reviewed 3 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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