Duomo di Monreale, Monreale

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One of the greatest existing examples of Norman architecture in the world, Duomo di Monreale features huge surfaces covered in mosaics. Begun in 1174, this monumental complex eventually grew to include a monastery and a royal palace. Though many of the monastic buildings have been ruined over the centuries, a good part of the monks’ dormitory and the cloister still remain. The outsides of the principal doorways and their pointed arches are enriched with carvings and colored inlay, an unusual combination of Norman-French, Byzantine, and Arab building styles. Although in 1811 a devastating fire destroyed the tombs of both William II, the founder of the cathedral, and his father, the tombs and all of the damaged parts of the complex were fully restored a few years later. Using our online itinerary creator, Monreale attractions like Duomo di Monreale can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • After the Cathedral of Palermo it is up to the Cathedral of Monreale that with the Cathedral of Cephalus are part of the World Heritage Site as part of the Norman Arab itinerary. I do not go so far in magnify the interior of the Cathedral of Monreale because it is simply to be visited, words are not enough if you can not admire it in person, then come and see it. The exterior as I said unlike the Cathedral of Palermo is not much but at the same time it has its own charm, instead the rear is undoubtedly much more beautiful. The entrances are 2 , the side open to the public for religious services and visits while the main is opened for weddings and solemn functions, the very old door is covered with bronze form tiles and is the same if I do not remember badly to that of the cathedral of Trani. Alongside the Cloister of the Benedictines also to visit, in recent years Monreale has become a very coveted half in fact every day there are dozens of coaches.
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  • On the Norman Arab route, you can't miss a monumental complex of rare beauty that contemplates the cathedral, the cloister and the panoramic roof. If you can admire the place even in the evening because it is illuminated it is very impressive.
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  • I was very lucky to have seen the Montreal cathedral early in the year ..yes very impressive and astonishing....BUT here I'm visiting Montreal cathedral in summer wearing a summer dress...unfortunately I was not allowed to enter...if I wanted to enter I needed to purchase a long sleeve shirt ...REALLY!!!! Sorry but all I wanted to do was look at the church say a prayer and continue on my travels.....but because it's proven to me it a money making organizations im glad they refused me...because my GOD doesn't discriminate on culture or what you are wearing.... disappointed.!
  • This cathedral is amazing! Every part of it is decorated with wonderful mosaics. The chiostro outside is gorgeous and invites you to walk and admire the garden and the beautiful columns and rest and meditate thanks to the peaceful atmosphere.
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