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Monreale

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Monreale is a town and comune in the province of Palermo, in Sicily, Italy. It is located on the slope of Monte Caputo, overlooking the very fertile valley called "La Conca d'oro", famed for its orange, olive and almond trees, the produce of which is exported in large quantities. The town, which has a population of approximately 30,000, is about 15km inland of Palermo, the capital of the island.Monreale forms its own archdiocese and is renowned for its Norman-Byzantine cathedral. This has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, part of a group of nine inscribed as Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale.HistoryAfter the occupation of Palermo by the Arabs, the Bishop of Palermo was forced to move his seat outside the capital. The role of cathedral was assigned to a modest little church, Aghia Kiriaki, in a nearby village later known as Monreale. After the Norman conquest in 1072, Christians took back the former Palermo cathedral. Probably the village's role as temporary ecclesiastical centre played a part in King William II's decision to build a cathedral here.
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Church
Duomo di Monreale
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Chiostro dei Benedettini
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Art Gallery
Via delle Absidi
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele
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Duration: 4 hours

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Castle
Castello di Caccamo Caccamo
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Villa Palagonia Bagheria
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Monreale

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Water Park
AcquaPark Monreale
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Duration: 8 hours
Architectural Building
The Benedictine Cloister
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Fountain
Fontana del Tritone
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Museo Diocesano di Monreale
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Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Monreale

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Vintage Enoteca
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
ManuKriati
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