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Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)

Piazza Bellini 3, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 616 1692
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This chapel is known for its superb gold Byzantium mosaics.
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Piazza Bellini 3, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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"beautiful church"
in 29 reviews
"byzantine mosaics"
in 20 reviews
"piazza bellini"
in 16 reviews
"small church"
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"great mosaics"
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"king roger"
in 9 reviews
"virgin mary"
in 4 reviews
"roger ii"
in 8 reviews
"baroque style"
in 6 reviews
"palatine chapel"
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"capella palatina"
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"quattro canti"
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"arab"
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"interior"
in 33 reviews
"monreale"
in 31 reviews
"antioch"
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"belltower"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Martorana has a fascinating history but today its one of the churches where you can see the wonderful Norman architecture and Roger mosaics alongside the generational architectural changes which were considered to be more suitable as the centuries passed. Here are the fabulous Byzantine...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend recommended visiting this church and it is absolutely amazing. If you don't have many days in Palermo, make sure you visit this church.

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Founded in 1143, the church was decorated with beautiful golden mosaics around the same time as Montreale Cathedral. Later extended in baroque style, it is now an Orthodox church, and well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped in to view a wedding in progress. Was only able to take a few pictures out of respect for the wedding party. Another awesome church.

Thank Sharon S
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

This church has a beautiful interior and it is so relaxing just to sit inside and look at the mosaics. There are two more churches around, so you can visit them too.

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

Palermo and surrounds has 4 astonishing sites where Byzantine mosaics can be seen. They are all stunning. Cefalu, Monreale, Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, and the Palatine chapel. Visit them in that order if you do the Palatine Chapel first it will eclipse the other 3.

Thank Bill W
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Three churches in the same square seem too many. In fact, they are so utterly different from one another, they form a perfect trio. Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio has the most attractive belltower of the three, an elegant, lofty Norman structure made of blond sandstone.

Thank opossumd
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

This church could easily be overlooked. For a small entrance fee, which gives a discounted entry to other nearby churches, you can see wonderful Norman Byzantine mosaics. You can get a little closer to them than in Monreale and Cefalú. The choir, nave and domed...More

Thank Steve1540
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

This is one of the must-see churches on the Palermo UNESCO World Heritage list of Arab-Norman art and architecture. Apparently, the nuns who ran this place in the 17th century destroyed many of the original mosaics, but fortunately they left us plenty of masterpieces to...More

Thank Slaphead66
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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

The mosaics were beautiful and they worth a visit and paying the entrance. Be careful because it is not opened all day long.

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