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Church of San Cataldo

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Neighbourhood: Tribunali
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Address: Piazza Bellini, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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+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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my favorite church in Palermo

pretty bare inside compared to the other richly decorated churches, €2.50 entrance fee. Simple information sheets in various languages available next to entrance

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2017
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london
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

pretty bare inside compared to the other richly decorated churches, €2.50 entrance fee. Simple information sheets in various languages available next to entrance

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Aalborg
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

There is nothing inside the very tiny church. Really nothing. Waste of expectation and of 2,5 euro. Any other church has a lot more to offer you.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I would give it 3 stars but the main fact I didn't quite enjoy this place was because you have to pay to visit it... and it is only a really small church with nothing more than some chairs and a crucifix. If you don't visit this when in Palermo, you're not losing anything.

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Extremely unusual architecture, very old, filled wth exquisite art, contemplative, highly recommended. Small but worth it.

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Cleveland, Oh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

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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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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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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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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