Church of San Cataldo

Church of San Cataldo, Palermo

Church of San Cataldo
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This small church of San Cataldo was built in 1160, during the Norman occupation of Palermo.
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ElizabethofCarrick
Toronto, Canada42 contributions
Magnificence!
Feb 2020 • Solo
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 at the same time. It is the womb and the eternal. An experience never to be forgotten!
Written 13 January 2021
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Jazzumbo
Campulung, Romania1,307 contributions
Ancient church that looks like a mosque
Oct 2020
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, Arab and Byzantine influences. This speaks volumes about what cultural melting pot Palermo used to be in the 12th Century.
This odd little church was built by Maio of Bari, the admiral of the Norman kingdom of Sicily, as a private chapel, located next to his palace.
His palace, however, collapsed long time ago and this church is the only construction still visible today from the former residence.
All in all, it’s a church that worth a visit due to its unicity. Currently, it belongs to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre (since the 1930s).
Written 24 November 2020
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Paul Legate
St Ives, UK17,315 contributions
Interesting three domed church in Piazza Bellini
Jul 2020 • Solo
Chiesa San Cataldo is situated in Piazza Bellini in central Palermo and was constructed in 1154. The church is of the Arab-Norman architectural design and is distinguishable by the three red domes on its roof. Inside the church was quite sparce but interesting, I was the only visitor at the time and stayed for a while. Chiesa San Cataldo is worth a visit and is one of the many incredible sights to be seen in Centro Storico.

Written 22 November 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,053 contributions
Hidden By Scaffolding in February
Feb 2020
San Cataldo was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2015. Unfortunately, it was under repair when we were there in February which was disappointing but I guess that one has to expect that 12th century churches need maintenance from time to time.
Scaffolding and hoarding covered the whole church so we were unable to see anything, not even the 3 distinctive pinky red domes that it is well known for. Luckily right next door is the church of Martorana and opposite is the church and convent of Santa Caterina. Santa Caterina was open and was excellent.
Written 29 October 2020
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AlexSwallow
Sheffield, UK1,352 contributions
Really unusual design
Jan 2020
This church has a really unusual (at least to me) design. It is both ornate and at the same time simple and peaceful. There was a small charge to enter but we thought it was worth it.
Written 3 September 2020
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Aburel
Bucharest, Romania2,350 contributions
Cute little church
Dec 2019 • Family
After visiting the famous neighbor Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, aka La Martorana make a short stop. The Outside is under construction but you still can see the three cupolas. Mignon, delicate and very beautiful, a perfect place to think, admire, pray.
Written 2 January 2020
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Kevin D
24 contributions
Worth a short stop.
Dec 2019 • Solo
I stopped in here on a photography tour and really enjoyed taking a moment to sit and enjoy the inside of this church, which is fairly unique. The ticket was 2.20 euro and apparently I could have used it for several other sites along the “Route of the Sacred.”
Written 31 December 2019
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Kitty Hooey
United Kingdom11 contributions
Knights of the Holy Sepulchre
Nov 2019
Powerful in its simplicity and very spiritual. Amazing history of this church. Stone work inside amazing.
Written 18 November 2019
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Michael C
290 contributions
This is a wonderful building
Oct 2019
This small Norman chapel a wonderful. Plain, without adornment and almost stark in its simplicity. You feel you are transported back in time. A real contrast to its decorated neighbour.

There is a small admission charge but really no more than a donation. The ticket gives a discount for the other two churches on the square.
Written 3 November 2019
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delagioventu
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,060 contributions
Another beauty
Oct 2019 • Family
So many beautiful churches in Palermo, this one is set spectacularly a bit above the Bellini square, which makes it especially beautiful.
Written 29 October 2019
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