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Monreale: Guided tour of Cathedral, Monastery and Mosaics
329 USD
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Embark on a fascinating journey to Monreale, a charming town situated just a stone's throw from Palermo, merely 5 kilometers away. This picturesque destination has garnered international acclaim for its resplendent golden mosaics that adorn its majestic cathedral, proudly recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. As you wander through the historic streets, you'll also have the opportunity to explore the remnants of a 12th-century monastery and cloisters, steeped in history and intrigue.
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Just 5 kilometers from Palermo, nestled at an altitude of 310 meters above sea level on the hill of Mount Caputo, lies the charming town of Monreale. Here, you'll embark on a guided tour that will take you on a fascinating journey through the town's cultural and architectural treasures. Your exploration begins at the iconic cathedral, a stunning representation of architectural genius and a designated UNESCO World Heritage monument since 2012. This 12th-century masterpiece seamlessly blends the styles of northern European, Romanesque, and Arabic art, creating a unique visual experience. As you approach the cathedral, you'll be struck by the ornate bronze doors, crafted by renowned artisans Bonanno da Pisa and Barisano di Trani, who also left their mark on the cathedrals of Ravello and Trani. Upon entering the cathedral, you'll be mesmerized by the dazzling gold mosaics that adorn the interior, culminating in the majestic Christ Pantocrator at the apsidal basin, a true masterpiece of figurative art. The tour continues with a visit to the ancient Benedictine monastery and cloister, which flank the cathedral, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and the vibrant orange and citrus groves that stretch as far as the eye can see.