Top Historical Places in Palermo

Are you looking to explore the history of Palermo through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Palermo including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Palermo. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Palermo ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Palermo, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Palermo for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Palermo with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Palazzo Dei Normanni

    Tags: Historical Site, Plaza, Architecture , Neighborhoods

    Built in the 12th century by William II, this Norman castle is famed to be one of the most superlative Arab-Norman structures around the globe. Worth admiring for the visitors are the magnificent Mosaics, Roof done in wood which is designed and painted intricately, marble work and other remains of the Catalan times. Today, it stands as the regional parliament of Sicily.
  2. Palermo Cathedral

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    This is an architectural complex dedicated to Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palermo. The church was erected in early 12th century and has been restored, renovated and modified several times by several styles which makes it a versatile structure defined by various cultures. With the additions to the original structure of Walter Ophamil by world renowned artists like Ferdinando Fuga, Francesco Mi...Read more
  3. Monreale Norman Cathedral

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    A classic Norman building in the province of Sicily, this place is famous for its golden Mosaics. Constructed in the 12th century as an extension to the royal complex of Palermo, Monreale Norman Cathedral is a grand display of art and culture of Palermo. Because of the diversity of the craftsmen included in the construction, the cathedral displays a blend of Sicilian and Byzantine art resulting...Read more
  4. Catacombs Of The Capuchins Or Catacombe Dei Cappuccini

    Tags: History Museum, Historical Site, Architecture

    ‘Catacombs of the Capuchins’- the one of its kind museum of Mummies and has a strange but unique charm that makes it one of the most visited places in Palermo.  Initially only the monks were availed the facility to be preserved after death but later, it became a status symbol for the local lords and rich society to be preserved forever. With the hidden formula of Professor Alfr...Read more
  5. Santa Maria Dell'ammiraglio Or La Martorana

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    Built in Romanesque style and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this Chiesa della Martorana in Palermo dates from 1143 and is famed for its spectacular mosaics.  The official name for La Martorana is Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio which means St. Mary of the Admiral. The facade and the interiors have undergone several changes in past 10 centuries but the glorious mosaics have survived the test of...Read more
  6. Oratorio Del Rosario Di Santa Cita  And Chiesa Di Santa Cita

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    This Oratory is dedicated to Virgin of Rosary. It was constructed in 16th century to embark the gratitude for the Virgin’s help at the Battle of Lepanto fought against the Turks. The walls of the Oratory depict the famous battle and also various scenes from New Testament. The mother of pearl benches is also worth observing. The neighboring church of Santa Cita has some sculptures worth vi...Read more
  7. Palazzo Chiaramonte Steri

    Tags: Historical Site, Plaza, Neighborhoods

    Built in early 14th century, this was a home and fortress to Chiaromonte family. The place went under a renovation and second floor was added. The wooden ceiling has decorated beams has mythological stories and biblical episodes depicted in chivalric cycle. It is named as a medieval encyclopedia and was a palace belonging to Aragonese and Spanish. The ground floor was a Philippine prison with s...Read more
  8. Oratorio Del Rosario Di San Domenico

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    Founded in the late 16th century is this Oratory of the Rosary of St. Dominic that flaunts itself in the colorful Vucciria. Various artists have left a legacy of their works in the construction of this structure and flashes Serpotta’s artistic flavor that enchants visitors for years. The extensive use of marble and polychrome and the themes that are displayed throughout are nothing but a ...Read more