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Duomo di Cefalu, Cefalu

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Must see · Church · Historic Site
Built after a vow made by the King of Sicily Roger II, Duomo di Cefalu is a Roman Catholic cathedral constructed in the Norman style. The basilica's fortress-like appearance looms over the medieval town, heralding the powerful presence of the Normans and the city's vulnerability to attack by sea. Pass through a large terraced parvise, or enclosed porch, that was once a cemetery with earth imported from Jerusalem. The spires of the two Norman towers on the cathedral's facade don't match. One symbolizes the papal authority, and the other is a symbol of royal authority. Michele Canzoneri designed the modern, abstract stained-glass windows in 1985. With our international travel planner, Cefalu attractions like Duomo di Cefalu can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • There ia a very interesting tour which offers you the most of it, including going partly up the tower, getting in the roof and getting close to the mosaic. I strongly recommend taking that one as it.....  more »
  • Amazing Duomo, beautiful and magestic. You can go up the towers and into the roof, a few stairs up, but easy doing. Beautidul mosaics.  more »
  • Beautiful. Peaceful. Very special. The square comes alive at night with live music and dancing. Very memorable. I loved it. Great friendly atmosphere.
  • Wonderful monument characterized by the Romanesque style with Byzantine traits. The position and its imposition at the mountains are a charming atmosphere. I would have liked the opportunity to evening at least during the weekend.

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