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Skip the tourist traps and explore the streets of Palermo like a local foodie with this walking tour. In a small group, visit markets and food stalls to sample local local delicacies such as ‘arancine’ (stuffed rice balls) and ‘panelle’ (chickpea fritters) while your guide fills you in on local history and culture.
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Jazzumbo wrote a review Oct 2020
Campulung, Romania1307 contributions1355 helpful votes
Can't understand why this magnificent church is not included in UNESCO heritage (”Norman Arab Palermo and the cathedrals of Cefalu and Monreale”) Can't understand why the Byzantine influence on the above monuments is not even mentioned (although it is obvious, especially in the case of La Martorana church and Monreale Cathedral). However, if you're interested in Norman Arab Byzantine monuments in Sicily, you should visit this church as well. It is located in a picturesque neighborhood and has a lovely garden and a cloister.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Brun066 wrote a review Oct 2020
Florence, Italy10047 contributions1042 helpful votes
We visited this church on a warm morning in late August, which led us to look for the paths in the shade of the houses. In Palermo, when it's hot and sunny, a monument of Arab-Norman architecture like this one seems to give its best. The "exotic" architectural forms (the intertwined arches of the apse, the elaborate portals and the pointed-arched windows of the facade) seem to be better in tune with the almost Middle Eastern weather. And the fact that, after the damage caused by the bombings of the Second World War, many subsequent architectural additions were removed from the inside, favors the perception of the original forms, therefore of a building that comes from a remote past. Remote, but also essential for understanding the essence of Palermo. In conclusion: obviously do not neglect the Duomo, Monreale, the Martorana and other illustrious buildings belonging to the Norman Palermo; but if you can visit this church too: an echo, on a smaller scale, of the great Norman cathedrals of Sicily.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Traveller298382 wrote a review Nov 2019
Bosham, United Kingdom97 contributions58 helpful votes
La Magione has had as many names as it has had religious occupiers. The church is plain but the walk through the garden to the entrance is beautiful hence so many weddings take place here. Once inside time must be taken to ensure all the various aspects of all the buildings are taken in. The columns in the closters help explain Arab / Norman design as in the bigger cathedrals of Palermo. From 1197 to 1492 the buildings were very important to the Teutonic Knights in Sicily.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Harper W wrote a review Oct 2019
Malpas, United Kingdom195 contributions58 helpful votes
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Hidden gem - we came across this beatiful church when out for an afternoon stroll. The cloister was open as part of an UNESCO celebration of Arab Norman culture in Palermo. In the church a wedding was being celebrated, and we enjoyed the music from the ceremony while sitting on a bench contemplating the tranquil cloister. The church belonged to the Tuetonic Knights in the 12-13th century.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Andrzej116 wrote a review May 2019
London, United Kingdom378 contributions168 helpful votes
High vaulted with a minimum of decoration within the church -though stark in comparison with most of the churches in Palermo it has beauty.You are given a small leaflet when paying your small entrance fee ( couple of euro max) - the church has been involved in much of the history of Palermo.A small cloister with some badly faded frescos - a little chapel in need of some TLC and a water well using the remains of Jewish tomb. Never did find the inscription " Allah is the greatest " within the window. They were preparing the church for Palm Sunday which added to a very interesting & absorbing visit.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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