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“Step into the time machine”

Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)
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Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip from Taormina
Ranked #1 of 329 things to do in Palermo
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Owner description: This chapel is known for its superb gold Byzantium mosaics.
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“Step into the time machine”
Reviewed 4 April 2014

From a rather drab exterior you quickly pass into the brilliant lights, colours and patterns of the past. The Arab/Norman mosaics of the 12th century vie with 16th century baroque stuccoes, enamels and frescoes, winning hands down. You have to go to the Piazza Pretoria and the Piazza Bellini so restore some equilibrium with a visit here.

There is an entrance charge, but it's very good value compared to many other attractions in Sicily.

Visited March 2014
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“Lovely Church, Nice Mosaics”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

A lovely church we visited while a wedding ceremony was going on. The church is very large, so we were able to get a peek at the wedding as the party was leaving and took a good look afterwards. The church offered yet another example of spectacular Sicilian mosaics.

Visited October 2013
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“Small gem”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

After you see the Palatine Chapel, go see this church built by one of King Roger II's most brilliant naval officers, George of Antioch. He was the admiral in the church's name. George wanted the mosaics in his church to stand up to comparison with those in the Palatine Chapel. While not as big or completely covered as the chapel, the church is still incredibly impressive. Especially interesting are the mosaic portraits of the admiral on the left and the king on the right of the church, close to the entrance doors.

Visited March 2014
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“Another gem”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

La Martorana church serves as the church of the Greek community, and it is a splendid example of the richness of Palermo's art history. The unusual mix of byzantine mosaics, baroque frescoes (very interesting but still not convincing) and some arab traces, makes this little church a true treasure chest. Take some time to appreciate the outside architecture from the lovely piazza, this might have very interesting effect on you, once when you enter the church (something like the Monreale Cathedral). Don't miss the opposite church of San Cataldo, for a complete different type of architecture. This might be a good remedy for the mosaic-intoxication.

Visited February 2014
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“Wonderful”
Reviewed 11 February 2014

Fabulous mosaics. The figures in the mosaics have such beautiful expressions on their faces. Don't forget to visit the church opposite.

Visited December 2013
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