Church of San Cataldo, Palermo

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Get a taste of Arabian-Norman architecture at red-domed Church of San Cataldo. Built in 1160 during the Norman occupation of Palermo, the church shows Islamic and Byzantine features, such as its cubic forms, blind arches, and the red domes on the roof. Inside, under the simple stone arches and bare walls, appreciate the original mosaic floor. Add Church of San Cataldo to your Palermo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Palermo travel route planner.
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  • UNESCO world heritage site in front of the Church of Admiral. The former is smaller and less decorated than the latter, but still you should visit it to discover and understand the Norman Arab... 
    UNESCO world heritage site in front of the Church of Admiral. The former is smaller and less decorated than the latter, but still you should visit it to discover and understand the Norman Arab...  more »
  • This is historic as it is from the 1100s. Architecturally interesting BUT just a single room, unadorned. Costs 2.5 E to enter, you will probably spend a minute or two. 
    This is historic as it is from the 1100s. Architecturally interesting BUT just a single room, unadorned. Costs 2.5 E to enter, you will probably spend a minute or two.  more »
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  • Entrance is not expensive, but it's take just few minutes to see everything inside. Not sure it worth the €2.50. Nice tiny church though.
  • Disappointing... not worth 2,50 euro. The entrance is covered with a curtain because if people catch a glimpse inside, they'd see it wasn't worth the admission. It's just a small room with barren walls and ceilings, floor mosaics are nothing special, you can't sit on the chairs, the altar has nothing interesting on it. Just take a picture of its red domes from the outside, then move on to the church right next to it which costs 50 cents less and is incredible - a must see! Lastly, if you've paid to see any other churches/chapels in Palermo, you can get a discount here if you show your ticket (still not worth it though).

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