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Monreale Cathedral

Of all the many architecturally beautiful and fascinating places of worship in Palermo, probably the most renowned is the 12th-century cathedral in the suburb of Monreale, high on the mountain slope about five miles (8km) from the city centre. The dazzling cathedral is a mixture of Arab, Byzantine and Norman artistic styles, a blend of medieval Christian and Muslim architecture. The magnificent mosaics that cover 68,243 square feet (6,340 sq metres) of the cathedral's dome and all of the walls on the interior are unsurpassed. The adjacent Benedictine abbey features a cloister with 228 carved stone columns, many inlaid with mosaics depicting scenes from Sicily's Norman history.

Information & Facts

Address

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, Monreale

Admission

EUR4.50 to get into the Cloisters; EUR2.05 for entry into the Treasury; EUR1.55 for the Terraces; no entrance charge for the Cathedral itself

Language

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is understood in the larger cities but not in the more remote parts of the country.

Money

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, which is divided into 100 cents. Those arriving in Italy with foreign currency can obtain Euros through any bank, ATM or bureaux de change. ATMs are widespread. Travellers cheques can be exchanged with ease in the large cities, not so in the smaller towns. Credit cards are accepted in upmarket establishments and shops around the cities. Banks are closed on weekends, but tend to have better rates than casas de cambios.

Opening Times

The cathedral: Open daily from 8am to 6pm; The cloisters: Open from 9am to 6pm (Monday to Saturday), 9am to 1.30pm (Sundays and public holidays)

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