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Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)

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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
+39 091 616 1692
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Reviewed 2 days ago

From the outside this church in the historic centre of Palermo does not look promising, since the front was redone in baroque style. However, inside the central part dating from the 12th century is decorated with magnificent mosaics in Byzantine style. This is one of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Pensionado
Reviewed 1 week ago

This church has one the most impressive interiors in Palermo! It is decorated with stunning mosaics with golden background and narrates the life moments of Jesus. The mosaics have greek inscriptions because it was ordered from George of Antiochia and it was to operate as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

La Martorana a Unesco World Heritage site is a jewel that shouldn't be missed. It was originally built in 1143 and later enlarged in the Baroque period. It is a unique blend of Norman features decorated with stuccos and enamel work. Some of the work...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

I'd heard so much about it as a jewel. And so it was! The feeling you get when you enter this ancient church is exactly that of being inside a jewel, with its lights, gold, colors and the incredible work of Christian and Arab artists,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fabrizio P
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Loved it and this should actually sum up my impression. I did fall in love with Palermo and the Norman/Arabic influence on its architecture. La Martonara is wonderful... I could have started at it for hours.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Simina31
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

We read about these two little 12th century churches and were unprepared for just how amazing they were. The opulence of this church and the painting/ mosaics are some of finest we have ever seen. Please be respectful and soak in the atmosphere.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rob S
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

A person can be overwhelmed walking into this 12th century church commissioned by the Norman king of Sicily, Roger II. He was originally from Greece. The church has Norman arches with a Byzantine style. The mosaics throughout the church were well preserved and beautiful. Notice...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

Decorated much like the Duomo in Monreale, but on a smaller scale. Very elaborate mosaics on the wall make it worth a visit. By showng our ticket from the church of St. Catherine we received a €1 discount on the admission.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jaimeelsabio
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

This building has been substantially remodelled in a baroque manner, but it is still well worth a visit for the remaining Byzantine mosaics. The Nativity scene is gently intimate, while the image of Christ in the dome is a breathtaking combination of art and architecture.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

this church has it all - all the different styles in one place - this is a unique find - could have spent hours and hours here - so much to see Again if you get the opportunity to buy the ticket that lets you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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