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Address: Piazza Guglielmo il Buono, 90100, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 091 652 0269
09:00 - 13:30
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Sun - Mon 09:00 - 13:30
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

This 12th-century palace features elaborate arches along the front façade...

This 12th-century palace features elaborate arches along the front façade and the “Fountain Room,” which is the castle’s main reception area that reaches two-stories in height.

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Stunning building; limited explanations availanle

Well worth the visit to see the way in which the Normans used Arab craftsmen from an earlier occupation of Palermo to build mosque like rooms in a secular Chrsitian... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This building has an amazing past, and is now in very nice condition. A number of artifacts are displayed in the rooms, from the time of the building though not from this site. I loved the architecture and the setting. It is a bit far from other sites you may visit, but worth it.

Thank Kenneth S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

An amazing palace that combines the Moorish and Christian art. But Moorish is predominant. The fountains are wonderful as are the waterworks that take water from above through the building.

Thank skisnowboard
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Well worth the visit to see the way in which the Normans used Arab craftsmen from an earlier occupation of Palermo to build mosque like rooms in a secular Chrsitian environment. No English translations by the exhibits and the leaflet provided contained no information about Zisa. Bored staff and poor toilets - no seat or paper in the gents when... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a wonderful way to spend an hour or so. The history of the structure is fascinating, and the artifacts inside are interesting. It is a bit of a trek from the center of the city, but there are plenty of sights to see along the way.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

This was a stop of many on our tour of Palermo, not sure if this was worth it. However, some great history and a really cool building. Definitely do your homework prior to coming, if you don't have a tour guide, I am not sure if you get a lot of information about the castle.

Thank Aaron B
East Anglia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The exterior is much more interesting than the interior. It is in a nondescript suburb which has nothing really to recommend it. Although some of the interior has some vestiges the of Moorish decoration it has been overwritten with baroque detail which ruins it. If you have been to the alhambra or the mosque of cordoba don't bother.

Thank HelenEastAnglia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

La Zisa, the Norman hunting palace in Moorish style, is situated in a suburb of Palermo. It's on walking distance of the centre if you like walking. It's about 2 km, a little over a mile. Today it's the Museum of Arabic arts. Well, –the– museum is not the case. I think I counted not more than 10 artefacts. But... More 

Thank Artmiks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Do some research and read the story before you visit. If you are planning castello della zisa, cathedral of palermo and cathedral od monreale is highly recommended. Wink wink.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We may have had too high an expectation with the thought of visiting a castle, but to be honest it was definitely not worth the long journey from Palermo city centre. Some interesting objects inside but if you're a tourist who can't read Italian you'd end up finishing your walk around the interior in under 7 minutes. They may want... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

The castle is relatively small but it is interesting to see the architecture and its unique style. Nevertheless, the visit was overall disappointing: the "Islamic art museum" consists of a few metal objects and wooden doors. The garden was huge, but it made a poor impression because of the dry fountains. A dead mouse made its appearance in the porch.... More 

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