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“Historically significant, lovely piazza”

Church of San Cataldo
Ranked #22 of 431 things to do in Palermo
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Owner description: This small church of San Cataldo was built in 1160, during the Norman occupation of Palermo.
Reviewed 26 April 2014

San Cataldo is located near to several interesting sites...the church itself is well restored and a classical Arab-Norman-Catholic style. Don't miss the Greek church adjacent. There is also a large
Piazza Santa Caterina with a sunny spot for coffee looking onto the very impressive Santa Caterina cathedral (closed for repairs at the moment). But walking distance away are several impressive squares, more churches and some great palazzo buildings from the 18th C. Stop at the city tour guide office at the foot of San Cataldo for maps, directions and info on what is open/under repair. Central location for horse carriage rides at the famous "four corners". Go early or late to avoid tour bus groups on high season.

Thank H C
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

This church was built in the 12th century in the Arab- Norman style. It is rather simple inside, but all the more beautiful for it. There was a man there doing restoration work on some mosaics on the floor. It's easy to see why this type of work takes so long.

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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Small, impressive, multi domed church. The foundation of the church dates back to the 12th century. It was a treat to be able to go inside this little chapel.

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

The church is simple inside, with no mosaics. But as its outside shows fine Arab-Norman style architecture, it tells much of the history of Sicily, Normans inheriting much from the Arabs, who had the island before the Normans. Check it out!:)

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Reviewed 10 June 2013

Of all the chapels/churches etc. in Palermo I actually found this 12c. example to be the most inspiring and humbling. Despite being possibly the plainest in terms of grandeur and decor I was incredibly moved. It represents a very real testament of faith without the over-the-top and decadent attitude of most of the city's Catholic establishments. Entry fee was €2.50 which also allows reduced entry at other sites in Sicily. I sat there for a good half hour in quiet contemplation and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and tranquility. Please go and see it if only to serve as a counterpoint to the other monuments.

5  Thank Dave H
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