San Giovanni degli Eremiti

A Romantically ruined Arabian-Norman church amid lush gardens in Palermo

One of the city's most romantic spots is this ruined 12th-century church and monastery complex on the Albergheria's western edge, built under the reign of Roger II between 1130 and 1148.

The simple church with its five unmistakable Arabo-Norman (a.k.a. Arabian-Fatimite) red domes is set amid luxuriant gardens of palm, Indian fig cacti, jasmine, oranges, and pomegranate.

Little paths wind among the greenery and lead to the broken, evocative remains of 13th-century cloisters and into a small rectangular building from the 10th century that was once a mosque.

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San Giovanni degli Eremiti
Via dei Benedettini 16 (at Via A. Mongitore)
tel. +39-091-651-5019
turismo.comune.palermo.it
Open Mon-Sat 9am–7pm
Open Sunday and holidays 9am–1pm
Adm: €6

Bus: 108, 109, 118, 309, 318, VERDE

Planning your time

Plan to spend about 30–40 minutes here. It is a lovely spot to sit and relax, maybe make a sketch or two.

Cumulative ticket

You can also get into the church grounds on a cumulative ticket that also covers the Palazzo Abatellis art museum, Castello della Zisa, the Duomo cloisters in Monreale, and—somewhat less usefully—a nature and archaeology museum in the coastal town of Terrasini.

Tourist info

Palermo tourist office
Piazza Castelnuovo 34
tel. +39-091-605-8351
www.turismopalermo.it
www.provincia.palermo.it/turismo

Also useful:
www.comune.palermo.it
www.palermotourism.com

Buses: www.amat.pa.it
Trains: www.trenitalia.com
Airport: www.gesap.it
Port: www.portpalermo.it

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Details
San Giovanni degli Eremiti
Via dei Benedettini 16 (at Via A. Mongitore)
tel. +39-091-651-5019
turismo.comune.palermo.it
Open Mon-Sat 9am–7pm
Open Sunday and holidays 9am–1pm
Adm: €6

Bus: 108, 109, 118, 309, 318, VERDE
Tourist Info

Palermo tourist office
Piazza Castelnuovo 34
tel. +39-091-605-8351
www.turismopalermo.it
www.provincia.palermo.it/turismo

Also useful:
www.comune.palermo.it
www.palermotourism.com

Buses: www.amat.pa.it
Trains: www.trenitalia.com
Airport: www.gesap.it
Port: www.portpalermo.it


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