Castello della Zisa Palermo

The Castello della Zisa stands in the western part of Palermo. It was built in the 12th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was originally built as a summer residence for the then royal family. The main attraction is the Sala della Fontana. It is the current seat of a museum dedicated to Islamic art.

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San Cataldo Church Palermo

The San Cataldo Church is located right next to the Martorana Church in Palermo. It was built in the mid-12th century. The exterior is mainly characterized by the three Arabic-looking, rather bulky red domes. The highlight inside the church is formed by the beautiful marble floor.

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Martorana Church Palermo

The Martorana Church in Palermo is actually called Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio Church. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the city. It is an Albanian-Italian church, where people follow the Orthodox Byzantine rite and Albanian is the liturgical language. The interior is characterized by some beautiful Byzantine mosaics.

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San Francesco d’Assisi Church Palermo

The San Francesco d’Assisi Church in Palermo was built in the 13th century. An earlier version of the church, built in the same century, had been demolished after the king and the pope had had a bit of a disagreement. The church has a beautiful facade with a very nice rose window.

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