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Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)

Piazza Bellini 3, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 616 1692
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This chapel is known for its superb gold Byzantium mosaics.
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  • Average1%
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“small church” (17 reviews)
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Piazza Bellini 3, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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"beautiful church"
in 28 reviews
"piazza bellini"
in 16 reviews
"small church"
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"byzantine mosaics"
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"great mosaics"
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"mosaic work"
in 8 reviews
"king roger"
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"roger ii"
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"baroque style"
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"palatine chapel"
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"capella palatina"
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"quattro canti"
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"arab"
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"interior"
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"antioch"
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"monreale"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Palermo and surrounds has 4 astonishing sites where Byzantine mosaics can be seen. They are all stunning. Cefalu, Monreale, Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, and the Palatine chapel. Visit them in that order if you do the Palatine Chapel first it will eclipse the other 3.

Thank Bill W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three churches in the same square seem too many. In fact, they are so utterly different from one another, they form a perfect trio. Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio has the most attractive belltower of the three, an elegant, lofty Norman structure made of blond sandstone.

Thank opossumd
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This church could easily be overlooked. For a small entrance fee, which gives a discounted entry to other nearby churches, you can see wonderful Norman Byzantine mosaics. You can get a little closer to them than in Monreale and Cefalú. The choir, nave and domed...More

Thank Steve1540
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the must-see churches on the Palermo UNESCO World Heritage list of Arab-Norman art and architecture. Apparently, the nuns who ran this place in the 17th century destroyed many of the original mosaics, but fortunately they left us plenty of masterpieces to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The mosaics were beautiful and they worth a visit and paying the entrance. Be careful because it is not opened all day long.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful church with splendid Baroque marble altar and incredible golden mosaics. Truly special. Do not miss this. Unesco World Heritage Site.

Thank Lucy K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful 12th century church covered in sparkling mosaics and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Monreale Cathedral and other buildings in the area. This church closes down for a long lunch so be sure...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

This church is really amazing, with its gold mosaics, its incredible decorations and its mix of architecture style.....

Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

A Unesco world heritage site with fabulous architecture . A terrific mix of Byzantine mosaics and Baroque decor , an amazing place!

Thank Tallinda
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We didn't schedule enough time to spend here, which, like everything in Palermo, takes some time to get to because of the bad traffic. The area is quite crowded, so parking is hard to find, but it sure was worth it. A spectacular church!

Thank SalamatJalan
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