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  • 1 Cefalù Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Duomo

    The cathedral, emblematic of the town, is a jewel of Romanesque architecture whose golden stone blends into that of the Rocca cliff. Roger II began its construction in 1131 and it is surrounded by palm trees and reveals a Norman rather than a Palermo..

  • 2 Osterio Magno Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Ruggero

    This was Roger II's favourite home before becoming that of the Ventimiglia. You will notice that it features two architectural styles. The façade in volcanic rock and golden stone with two elegant two-tone gemeled windows dates back to the late 13C. ..

  • 3 Mandralisca museum(Museo Mandralisca)

    Museums and art

    Via Mandralisca 13

    This museum exhibits the collections bequeathed to the town by Baron Enrico di Mandralisca, a passionate 19C collector. There you can see a large numismatic s collection and many other paintings, a must see being the magnificent Ritratto d'Ignoto by ..

  • 4 The rock of Cefalù

    Nature and gardens

    Vicolo Saraceni

    La Rocca is the site where the town was originally established. Today, there are ruins from many different periods, including the pre-Hellenic temple of Diana and a castle built in the 12C and 13C. Walk along the crenellated walls to reach the promon..

  • This sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna is 800m above sea level in the middle of a forest of oak and chestnut trees. It is one of six sanctuaries created by Gregory the Great in the 6C. The current building is the product of a number of modifications..

  • 6 Corso Ruggero

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Ruggiero

    The main street, packed with shops, of Cefalù is named in honour of Roger II who ruled over the town during its most prosperous period. Directly overlying the ancient Roman decumanus, it splits the town in two: to the west, a maze of tiny lanes dotte..

  • 7 Santa Maria alla Catena

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Garibaldi

    The bell tower of the Baroque church of St Mary of the Chains incorporates the remains of the old town walls, which used to open out on to Piazza Garibaldi to form one of the town's four entrance gateways.

  • 8 Church of the Purgatory (Chiesa del Purgatorio)

    Religious buildings

    Corso Ruggero

    A beautiful Baroque portal fronted by a horseshoe staircase welcomes you into the magnificent church in which you will see (on the right as you enter) the sarcophagus of the baron of Mandralisca.

  • 9 Cathedral square (Piazza del Duomo)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza del Duomo

    The square, dominated by the cathedral is bordered by two palaces. Piraino palace (on the corner of Corso Ruggero) has a late 16C portal and Maria palace was possibly once a royal residence. The 17C Episcopal palace stands to the left of the cathedra..

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