Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)

Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)

Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)
4.5
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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This chapel is known for its superb gold Byzantium mosaics.
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  • irina j
    London, United Kingdom3,394 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing church
    We’ve visited this church as part of our walking tour . It has a great mix of styles. Originally it was designed with Byzantine mosaic richly decorating ceiling. However later on it was enlarged. New decorations of ceiling were Baroque style from 17th century. You can see in one place where they join together and it’s almost like a time capsule with 2 deferent periods separated by centuries but beautifully preserved and joined together. Stunning place ! Would highly recommend
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 June 2023
  • SaleDamc
    Sale, United Kingdom445 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    This beautiful little 12th century church is well worth a visit. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's mix of architectural styles and ornate decoration make it vey pleasing on the eye. Byzantine/Arab/Baroque styles all blend together with magnificent frescoes, especially in the cupola. At just 2 euro to enter, it is well worth the small fee but it can get crowded.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Angelo Z
    Crawford, Texas333 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and historic church
    Beautiful church with a rich history. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site. One of the few church’s anywhere where both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic services and rites can be held. The cost is only €2 and well worth a visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 January 2024
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe4,753 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The church with the famous mosaic depicting king Roger II
    Even though this old church, founded in 1143, is not open for tourists on Sundays, we were able to visit it. There was a christening ceremony, interestingly partly in Latin, partly in Greek! Of course, we remained at the back where we were very close to the famous mosaic of Roger II. It depicts the moment when the Norman king receives his crown from Christ. Next time in Palermo, we will visit the La Martorana again to see Byzantine mosaics in the dome and on the arches.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2024
  • Mark B
    Rochester, United Kingdom62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    Tiny little church that you can visit in five minutes. It costs just a couple of euros to get in but it will be the most amazing five minutes of your visit. Compared with the Cathedral and the palace, it’s tiny but you’ll get the same wow factor - almost worth the trip to Palermo in itself.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2024
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Mark B
Rochester, UK62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Tiny little church that you can visit in five minutes. It costs just a couple of euros to get in but it will be the most amazing five minutes of your visit.
Compared with the Cathedral and the palace, it’s tiny but you’ll get the same wow factor - almost worth the trip to Palermo in itself.
Written 22 May 2024
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA20,548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
This church is really beautiful. You do have to pay to get in. But it’s worth it. The level of detail is amazing. They couldn’t afford to build something like this currently. It’s really great.
Written 3 May 2024
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Seeking True Quality
Europe4,753 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Even though this old church, founded in 1143, is not open for tourists on Sundays, we were able to visit it. There was a christening ceremony, interestingly partly in Latin, partly in Greek! Of course, we remained at the back where we were very close to the famous mosaic of Roger II. It depicts the moment when the Norman king receives his crown from Christ.
Next time in Palermo, we will visit the La Martorana again to see Byzantine mosaics in the dome and on the arches.
Written 26 April 2024
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Ana V
Eugene, OR654 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Do not miss visiting this beautiful church. It is a Sicilian architectural fusion, combining Baroque with the oldest Byzantine-Norman mosaics on the island. The core of the church dates from the 12th century.
Written 8 April 2024
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Angelo Z
Crawford, TX333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Beautiful church with a rich history. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site. One of the few church’s anywhere where both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic services and rites can be held. The cost is only €2 and well worth a visit.
Written 2 January 2024
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SaleDamc
Sale, UK445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This beautiful little 12th century church is well worth a visit. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's mix of architectural styles and ornate decoration make it vey pleasing on the eye. Byzantine/Arab/Baroque styles all blend together with magnificent frescoes, especially in the cupola. At just 2 euro to enter, it is well worth the small fee but it can get crowded.
Written 29 October 2023
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Paul O
County Monaghan, Ireland5,328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Small church close to the Piazza Pretoria (fountain of shame) that was beautiful mosaics. It’s costs €2 to enter.
Written 14 July 2023
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irina j
London, UK3,394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We’ve visited this church as part of our walking tour . It has a great mix of styles. Originally it was designed with Byzantine mosaic richly decorating ceiling. However later on it was enlarged. New decorations of ceiling were Baroque style from 17th century. You can see in one place where they join together and it’s almost like a time capsule with 2 deferent periods separated by centuries but beautifully preserved and joined together.
Stunning place ! Would highly recommend
Written 30 June 2023
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bcp20
USA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Beautiful, ornate, unique. We had already visited the duomo (cattedrale di palermo) and wondered what else this church could offer. Apparently, a lot. The style is somewhat different and the scale more intimate. It was beautiful. Definitely visit.
Written 1 May 2023
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, or La Martorana is next to the Norman Church of San Cataldo. Its name comes from Admiral George of Antioch, who founded the church in 1143.

It is characterized by a mixture of styles, due to successive enrichments along the centuries. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale.

The main cupola above the altar has wonderful bizantine mosaics from the 12th century - this is the part I personally liked best.

A side altar in baroque style is also noteworthy.
Written 1 December 2022
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