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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 3 weeks ago

You might imagine that a mere church could line up pretty poorly against the magnificent Norman Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral at Cefalu and the Cathedral at Monreale but think again. Magnificent decoration and mosaic work everywhere. Overtime for the camera again. Don’t forget to photograph...More

Thank Derek B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio is an 11th century gem. It is well worth the 2 Euro admission charge. The mosaics inside on both the walls and ceiling are superb. Right next to the Norman church of San Cabral.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are so many churches packed tightly in such a small area that you may overlook a few – but, if you’re going to go inside just one, then this is the one! The interior is a feast for the eyes with beautiful mosaics and...More

Thank Sellest
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My favourite church in Palermo -- and there is a lot of competition. The mosaics are stunning, but the more modest scale of the building allows them better to be appreciated. A fascinating old church which we happily visited twice.

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Reviewed 7 August 2018

This was not high on my list of sights in Palermo but as we were walking past Piazza Bellini I thought we may as well pop on. So glad we did the mix of Norman mosaics and later baroque decoration makes it a riot of...More

Thank Ozless
Reviewed 28 July 2018

This was one of the most beautiful churches in Palermo. We would definitely recommend that others visit!

Thank Jolene4KU
Reviewed 22 July 2018

It doesn't matter if you are religious or not, this is an amazing sight to behold. I've been all over this planet, seen all kinds of incredible art, this may be #1!!! It is unforgettable. The mosaics are from the 1100's, includes the only known...More

1  Thank Steveage
Reviewed 29 June 2018

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

Thank jane s
Reviewed 23 June 2018

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.

Thank Metukah
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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