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Culture of Palermo. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Tourists choose the Quattro Canti architectural complex as a starting point of exploration of landmarks and sights of Palermo city. Its name can be literally translated as Four Corners. The complex encompasses four buildings which are located by the sides of a crossroad. The construction of the buildings was held in the 17th century. The buildings are executed in baroque style and feature unique frontage decoration. The bottom of the complex features fountains of ultimate beauty meanwhile the upper part of the complex is decorated with statues embodying Sicilian Kings and patron saints.
This is a beautiful and original city, the real heart of Sicily. Norman Palace, the building of which was started by the Arabs, is the symbol of the city. According to the plan this was … Open
The city has preserved numerous monuments and landmarks of Norman architecture. The most remarkable and tourist attracting among them is the Capella Palatina. The construction of chapel was started in 1130 and lasted for 10 years. The decoration and design of the interior lasted till 1460. During a tour travelers will be offered to look into the chapel and enjoy the majesty of ancient mosaics, marble articles and other antique artifacts.
Another remarkable landmark of Palermo is the Porta Nuova. The gate serves as a symbolic entrance to the historical center of the city. The gate was built in the second part of the 17th century. The construction presents a complex architectural composition of ingenious statues, large stanzas and pyramid shaped cupola. The most remarkable and significant historical landmark of the 18th century is the Orlean Palace which serves as the main residence of the president of Sicily from the 1947. Copyright
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In the middle of the 19th century the palace was surrounded with a large park which is nowadays among the most attractive and remarkable natural sights of the city of Palermo. The square of the park is about 60ha. Its visitors get a unique chance to observe and enjoy plenty of aged trees and antique statues. The same interesting and attractive for tourists is the Palazzo dei Normanni. According to historical records the first fortress on the place of the modern palace was built as far back as in 9th century. The fortress existed there till the 11th century and then was reequipped into a majestic palace.
Palermo Cathedral For centuries the fortress served as the main residence of local kings. Today significant political events are held in the palace as well. The most beautiful square of the city is considered to be the Piazza Pretoria which was established in the 15th century. In the heart of the square tourists will find one of the main symbols of Palermo city being a majestic fountain. The opening of the fountain was held in 1574. In the close neighborhood to the square tourists will find several remarkable samples of architecture. That is why a tour to the square will be full of impressions.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Palermo and surroundings

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What to visit during two-day excursion in Palermo

The Catacombs
Where: Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Via Cappucini 4 / Piazza Cappuccini 1, Palermo; Telephone: +39 091 212 117; Opening hours: Daily 9.00-12.00 and 15.00-17.00 (until 19.00 in summer). Closed monday and sunday morning and on holidays.;
Santa Caterina Church
Where: Piazza Pretoria / Piazza Bellini, Palermo; Telephone: +39 338 451 2011;
Museo Archeologico Regionale
Where: Piazza Olivella 24, Palermo; Telephone: +39 091 611 6805; Opening hours: Mon 8.30-18.45, Tues-Sat 8.30-13.45, Sun 8.30-18.45;
Teatro Massimo
Where: Piazza G. Verdi, Palermo; Telephone: +39 091 605 3111;
Palazzo dei Normanni
Where: Piazza Indipendenza, Palermo; Telephone: +39 091 705 1111; Opening hours: Check opening hours before you visit, as they may vary.;
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Palermo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo dei Normanni' Palermo, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Palermo and around
♥   Art museum 'Palazzo Abatellis' Palermo, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo archeologico regionale Antonio Salinas' Palermo, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Palermo
♥   Basilica SS. Trinità la Magione, Palermo, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Chiesa San Cataldo, Palermo, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Vergine Maria Assunta, Palermo, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Chiesa San Giovanni degli Eremiti, Palermo, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cappella Palatina, Palermo, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria La Nuova, Monreale, 7.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica-Abbaziale di S. Martino delle Scale, San Martino delle Scale, 10.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Iconic cultural sights of Italy

There are 155 UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the territory of Italy. This is more than in any other country in the world. Florence is another unique city in Italy. On its territory are an incredible number of monuments of history and museums. One of the most recognizable buildings of the city is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Flore, founded in the 13th century. It is in the heart of the city and is its symbol. Another popular attraction of the city is the Basilica of Santa Croce, painted with frescoes of Florentines Giotto, Gadi, and Veneziano. The Uffizi Museum is one of the oldest in Europe. The gallery was founded in the 16th century. It contains thousands of priceless paintings, antique sculptures, tapestries. … Open
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Culture guide to Palermo. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Palermo: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Palermo. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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