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Built during the 12th century by William II of Sicily, Monreale Cathedral is one of the most important examples of Norman architecture in the world. The cathedral is decorated with stunning mosaics, which depict scenes from the Bible and the lives of the saints. The cathedral is also home to a beautiful cloister, which is considered one of the finest in Italy.
With four sides of 26 arches long and supported by 228 columns - the Benedictine Cloister speaks of the prowess of Arab and Byzantine artisans. Explore each pillar of the cloister as it unfolds scenes from the Bible and the lives of the saints. The cloister is also home to a beautiful fountain, which is surrounded by lush vegetation, ideal for a leisure stroll.
Built during the 16th century by Archbishop Simone da Bologna, the Archiepiscopal Palace is located in Cathedral Square, next to the Cathedral of Monreale. Visit the second floor of the palace which is now used as a museum and houses a collection of art and artifacts from the cathedral.
Benedictine Monastery was founded in 1174 by King William II of Sicily and was originally home to Benedictine monks. The monastery was dissolved in 1866 during the Italian unification, but the buildings have since been restored and are now used as a museum. The monastery is home to a number of important historical and artistic treasures including the Cathedral.
A fascinating story lies behind this. It is believed that here God expelled Adam and Eve from Paradise and enlisted a guard (Cherubim) with a flaming sword to protect the gates. Quite fascinating, isn’t it? You’ll find these inscribed on the bronze doors of the west entrance of Duomo Monreale.
An exquisite example of the Sicilian Baroque Style, the Chapel of the Crucifix was built between 1686 and 1692 by Archbishop Joan Roano. The Crucifix is a part of the Roano Chapel and is a true masterpiece for inlaid decorations on the walls and floor. The vibrant mix of marble polychromy depicts the allegories and prophecies from the Old Testament, truly a sight to behold.
In the southern tower of the cathedral, you will find a staircase that takes you to the top. The Cathedral terrace itself is vibrant, huge, and fascinating. Take a stroll through the walkway that runs the entirety of the Church. You can expect some magnificent views from the top, a gorgeous valley, and a lush hillside. Make sure you get the right tickets for access to the terraces.
Royal Tombs are preserved in the Northern Transept of the Cathedral. Some of the most eminent personalities like the Mother of King William II, her sons Roger & Henry, and Margaret of Navarre are preserved in these tombs. This place holds tremendous historical value.
The Monreale Cathedral mosaics are considered to be the finest examples of Byzantine Art in the world. It took Byzantine architects over 20 years to complete the mosaics. Built during the time of King William II of Sicily, the mosaics used over 40 different types of marble and over 100,000 pieces of glass, making it a stunning work of art.
Lies within the Archbishop’s Palace, the Diocesan Museum of Monreale is a place that represents the faith of the Diocese of the then times. The magnificent tapestry of the museum’s great halls (first floor) depicts the theme of William’s Dream. Visitors can also witness the impressive mosaic works here as well.
The Cathedral: Monday to Saturday, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM to 5 PM. On April 24 the Cathedral remains open from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM, and on April 25, 3 PM to 5 PM.
The Cloister: Monday to Saturday, 9 AM to 7 PM (last admission at 6:30 PM) and Sunday, 9 AM to 1:30 PM (last admission at 1 PM)
The Roano Chapel: Monday to Saturday, 9 AM to 12:30 and 2:30 PM to 5 PM and Sunday, 2:30 PM to 5 PM
Closed: The Monreale Complex is closed to the public on January 1, May 1, and December 25. The Cathedral remains closed to tourists on April 26 and on Sundays.
Address: Cattedrale di Monreale, Piazza Guglielmo II, 1, 90046 Monreale PA, Italy
By Bus: Bus service from Piazza Indipendenza in Palermo, line 389 to Monreale
By Car: Take Corso Calatafimi until it exits Palermo, then at the road SS186 and further onto SP69 to Monreale
Dress Code: Visitors are advised to dress modestly, keeping their shoulders and knees covered. Revealing outfits are not allowed.
Photography: Photography is allowed inside the Cathedral, terrace, and Monreale cloister. So, don’t forget to pack your camera!
Food & Drinks: Foods and drinks are strictly prohibited inside the premises.
Yes, Monreale Cathedral Tickets can be purchased online.
Yes, an entrance fee is necessary for visitors above the age of 18 to enter the Cathedral. Children between the age bracket 0-17 can go in for free. Carrying a valid photo ID is mandatory.
Yes, you can opt for skip-the-line tickets to bypass the long waiting queues and head straight to the security check.
You can choose between skip-the-line Monreale Cathedral Tickets, day tours and transfers, and special tickets to access the terraces.
You can either book round-trip shuttle tickets (Monreale to/from Palermo) or book a Day Tour of Monreale & Cefalù with Round-Trip Transfers from Palermo.
It depends on the type of ticket you choose. While some tickets can be canceled up to 48 hours before the experience starts and get a full refund, for others there may be no cancellation, rescheduling, or refund available. Visitors are advised to check the ticket’s cancellation policy before booking.
The Cathedral is open from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM to 5 PM between Monday to Saturday. Sunday is closed. The Monreale Complex is closed to the public on January 1, May 1, and December 25.
Yes, photography is allowed. So, don’t forget to pack your photography gear and Monreale is a treasure trove for shutterbugs.
While visiting the Cathedral, visitors are advised to dress modestly. Revealing outfits are not allowed.
It usually takes about 1-2 hours to tour the Cathedral Complex, climb to the terrace, and explore the Cloister area.
Yes, visitors are allowed to climb up to the Monreale Cathedral terrace.
Yes, the wheelchair facility is available only in the Cloister area located on the ground floor of Monreale (entrance from Villa Comunale).