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A forgotten jewel

La Cuba is a medieval Arab castle shaped like a cube. It is now a ruin, but its massive structure... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2018
opossumd
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Cervo, Italia
Norman castle palace - neglected gem and phoenician necropolis

Perhaps Palermo's administrators thought that one Great Norman palace was enough. This sad remnant... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Carrie P
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

La Cuba is a medieval Arab castle shaped like a cube. It is now a ruin, but its massive structure is still there to inspire awe. Unfortunately, no guided tours nor explanations in written form are given. The plates are so worn out, they have...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Perhaps Palermo's administrators thought that one Great Norman palace was enough. This sad remnant of a glorious 'cuboid' palace of the 12th century which stood alongside its own moat and developed gardens doubtless full of Arab citrus legacy, is now redolent of Grand Tour descriptions...More

4  Thank Carrie P
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Built in 1180 by William II, it is a Norman construction but heavy with Islamic influences. This was a grand palace, which must have looked spectacular, standing in its own artificial lake, surrounded by William’s Royal Park. There is not much left of the interior,...More

3  Thank KTGP
Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

Loved to see this. But no English information was availabe. Nobody spoke English. It is absolutely worth a visit. Looks wonderfull, but I wish we could have gotten more background info. We didn't spend a lot of time here.

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Reviewed 19 March 2015

The Cuba is a great structure but so little remains its just an evocation of the great Norman past. The real treat to this visit is that for the price of your cheap ticket you get to see the Punic cemetery established by the first...More

Thank Stephen N
Reviewed 11 June 2013

As per review below it really needs updating in terms of maintenance and information provision. The panels are still faded and barely legible. Particularly unique and just a stone's throw away from the Cappuchin catacombs it is worth a visit to see yet more Arabic/Norman...More

2  Thank Dave H
Reviewed 19 October 2012

Like the Zisa, this palace is quit badly maintained and the museological value casi inexistent due to the lack of maintenance and readable explanatory panels. (The ones that still are present are so bleached by the sun that they have become unreadable). These buildings have...More

1  Thank AnnyDirk
Reviewed 27 September 2009

La Cuba is one of the stranger pieces of Arab-Norman architecture in the city, a giant cube-shaped structure hidden away off the Corso Calatafimi, the road to Monreale on the SW side of the city centre. It costs €2 to get in, but like most...More

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