Church of San Cataldo, Palermo

#8 of 126 in Historic Sites in Palermo
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Get a taste of Arabian-Norman architecture at red-domed Church of San Cataldo. Built in 1160 during the Norman occupation of Palermo, the church shows Islamic and Byzantine features, such as its cubic forms, blind arches, and the red domes on the roof. Inside, under the simple stone arches and bare walls, appreciate the original mosaic floor. Add Church of San Cataldo to your Palermo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Palermo travel route planner.
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  • Covered for renovations and that is truly a gift! You enter through a small door and you are changed forever!!! The solidity and the rising of the architectural space actually grounds and transcends....  more »
  • Viewed from outside, the church of Saint Cataldo (a catholic saint of Irish origin) reminds of a mosque without minarets. It's a brilliant example of Norman-Arab architecture, which includes Norman...  more »
  • Amazing tiny Norman church. Well worth a visit.
  • The part you pay to see (2.5 euro per person) is interesting but very small.

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