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Chiesa Capitolare di San Cataldo, Palermo

Chiesa Capitolare di San Cataldo - Palermo, Italy
Chiesa Capitolare di San Cataldo
Piazza Bellini 3, Palermo, Italy 90133Map
+39 3483394617
Neighborhood: Tribunali/Castellamare

Just next to the famous Martorana church, this typical Arab-Norman church with its three little red domes, fretwork windows and clean bright shapes is easily noticed. The sight of San Cataldo takes one back to the period of Norman conquerors, when Palermo was a melting pot of different cultures all living in peace, and Arabs were the skilled builders of the court. Set up between 1154 and 1160 CE to be the chapel of admiral Marsico’s Palace, the church is now the property of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Just go inside and be seduced with its naked and stark perfection. The magic shapes of the cube and the half sphere join in the nave symbolizing the earth and the vault of heaven in Arab tradition, whereas the geometric white marble floors are influences of Byzantine culture. The entrance fee is EUR1.5. - Valentina Caviglia  

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Chiesa Capitolare di San Cataldo General Information
  • Open Hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM, Monday to Saturday from 03:30 PM to 07:00 PM, Sunday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
  • Type: Religious
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