Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 2), Palermo (Self Guided)

Religion is central to the culture of Italy. Thus, the city of Palermo features a wide variety of religious institutions including churches, cathedrals, and temples. Journey down the part two of Palermo's religious buildings tour and enjoy the sights.
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Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 2) Map

Guide Name: Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 2)
Guide Location: Italy » Palermo (See other walking tours in Palermo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Author: Lilly
Cathedral of Palermo

1) Cathedral of Palermo (must see)

The Cathedral of Palermo is an architectural complex, characterized by the presence of different styles, due to a long history of additions, alterations and restorations, the last of which occurred in the 18th century. The church was erected in 1185 by Walter Ophamil (or Walter of the Mill), the Anglo-Norman archbishop of Palermo and King William II's minister, on the area of an earlier Byzantine basilica. The upper orders of the corner towers were built between the 14th and the 15th centuries, while in the early Renaissance period the southern porch was added.

The present neoclassical appearance dates from the work carried out over the two decades 1781 to 1801, and supervised by Ferdinando Fuga. The main façade of the church is on the Western side, on the current Via Bonello, and has the appearance set in the 14th and 15th centuries. It is flanked by two towers and has a Gothic portal surmounted by a niche with a precious 15th century Madonna. The interior has a Latin cross plan, with a nave and two aisles divided by pilasters. In the first two chapels of the right aisle are the tomb of emperors and royal figures moved here in the 18th century from their original sites. The Sacrament chapel, at the end of the left aisles, is decorated with precious stones and lapislazuli. To the right, in the presbytery, is the chapel of Saint Rosalia, patron of Palermo, closed by a richly ornamental bronze gate, with relics and a 17th century silver urn which is object of particular devotion.

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Chiesa Cattolica Parrocchiale Ss Salvatore‎

2) Chiesa Cattolica Parrocchiale Ss Salvatore‎

The building of Chiesa Cattolica Parrocchiale Ss Salvatore‎ was designed in an oval form and today stands on the very location where the Norman church once stood. Chiesa Cattolica Parrocchiale Ss Salvatore was designed at the end of 600 AD by architect Paolo Amato.
Chiesa del Gesù

3) Chiesa del Gesù (must see)

The Church of the Gesu, or Casa Professa, is one of the most important Baroque churches in Palermo and the interior of Sicily. The Jesuits arrive in Palermo in 1549 and in the late 16th century began building a church adjacent to their mother house, to plans by the Jesuit architect Giovanni Tristano. At first it was formed of a single nave with large transepts and several side chapels but at the start of the 17th century, to make the church more grandiose as was typical of Jesuit architecture, Natale Masuccio revised the plan by removing the chapels' dividing walls to add two side naves to the central one. The church was finally dedicated in 1636.

During the Second World War a bomb fell on the church's dome, causing it to collapse, taking with it most of the surrounding walls and most of the wall paintings in the chancel and transepts. These frescoes were replaced during two years' restoration work, after which the church reopened on 24 February 2009 with a solemn mass presided over by Paolo Romeo, archbishop of Palermo, and attended by several Jesuits and civil and military officials.

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Chiese Cattoliche Parrocchiali S. Nicolo' Da Tolentino

4) Chiese Cattoliche Parrocchiali S. Nicolo' Da Tolentino

Chiese Cattoliche Parrocchiali S. Nicolo' Da Tolentino is situated in the very heart of Palermo's historic center. The cattoliche served as a shelter for poor priests for numerous centuries; since 1866 it has been used as the provisional seat for many other institutions including Chamber of Commerce and Notarial Archives.
San Cataldo Church

5) San Cataldo Church (must see)

San Cataldo is a church linked to the Santa Maria dell' Ammiraglio church. It was founded in 1160 and is a bright example of Norman architecture. It served as a post office during the 18th century, but now it is restored and ready for religious service.
La Martorana

6) La Martorana (must see)

La Martorana or Santa Maria dell' Ammiraglio is a chapel located in Piazza Bellini. It was built in 1143 and is known for its amazing gold Byzantium mosaics. This is probably one of the most beautiful churches in Palermo, having an exterior that displays Norman architecture, Gothic towers and Baroque facades.
Chiesa di Sant'Anna la Misericordia

7) Chiesa di Sant'Anna la Misericordia

Chiesa di Sant'Anna la Misericordia was designed by Mariano Smiriglio and erected in a late Renaissance style (built in 1639). Unfortunately, the church was severely damaged by an earthquake in the year 1726. The facade has since been renovated by architect Giovanni Biagio Amico.
Chiesa di Ss. Trinità alla Magione

8) Chiesa di Ss. Trinità alla Magione

It's estimated that Chiesa di Ss. Trinità alla Magione was founded between the years 1190 and 1193 at the initiative of Matthew Aielo. According to some scholars, Chiesa di Ss. Trinità alla Magione was the last of the Magione churches built during the Norman Hauteville Dynasty.

Walking Tours in Palermo, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Palermo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Entertainment for Children in Palermo

Entertainment for Children in Palermo

Palermo is incredibly friendly to children and boasts a plethora of entertainment options for kids. So if you are looking for a fun day out in the sun with the family, check out the wide number of Palermo's entertainment options for the young ones.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Palermo Daily Life

Palermo Daily Life

A daily walk around Palermo, especially on the first day visiting, will surely raise your excitement and eagerness to learn more about this fantastic wonderland. Rarely will one find a town with such a culture, history, and architecture as Palermo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
The Palaces of Palermo

The Palaces of Palermo

The palaces of Palermo were and still are a fine manifestation of the historical life of the Palermo region. Amazingly, some of these great palaces still stand while have struggled to retain their original form from centuries earlier. The story of each palace is a terrific visual behind Palermo's rich cultural heritage.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Palermo Museums and Art Galleries

Palermo Museums and Art Galleries

The Museums and the Art Galleries of Palermo are brilliant venues that adequately conserve the rich and beautiful history of this fine city. Wander through the streets of Palermo, venture into these museums and art galleries, and discover the cultural heritage of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 1)

Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 1)

Religion has always played an important role in the lives of the Italian people. Thus, it is little wonder that the great city of Palermo features a plethora of churches, cathedrals, and temples. Here is the first part of Palermo's religious buildings walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Palermo is one of the most famous and well visited cities in Italy. Located in the north of the Sicilian Isle and directly on the shore of the Mediterranean, the city is magnificently designed and constructed. Here you will find a plethora of architectural masterpieces such as old churches, governmental buildings, and various monuments. Follow this orientation walk to explore the best attractions...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Palermo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Palermo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Palermo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.