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Santa Maria Nuova Cloister. Cathedral of Monreale

Palermo - Monreale


The cloister belongs to the Benedictine abbey of S. Maria Nuova.

It was founded in 1174 by the Norman King William II and it is the fulcrum of the entire abbey that is developed around it.

Square in shape, is articulated by pointed arches on coupled columns, tetrastyle in the four corners, variously decorated with mosaics, with motifs late-classical phytomorphic or "chevron". 

Similarly, the decoration of the capitals is rich and various.

You can find themes related to religious iconography, Old and New Testament, animals taken from the medieval bestiary and of the Middle East tradition with phytomorphic motifs.

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Santa Maria Nuova Cloister

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How to reach the site

By bus

n. 389 from Palermo_Piazza Indipendenza to Monreale


By car 

from Palermo take Corso Calatafimi and go to the exit of the city, take the SS 186 and then SP 69 up to Monreale

Services and Accessibility

educational tours for schools
audio guides
accessible site

The area on the ground floor of the Cloister is wheelchair accessible (entrance from the Public Gardens)



Info and Reservation

every day
9.00 – 19.00

+39 091 7489995

Santa Maria Nuova Cloister
Cathedral of Monreale



Get ready for the visit

Didactic tours


Audio guides

  • italiano, inglese, spagnolo, francese, tedesco per il Chiostro
  • 35 minuti
  • € 5


Santa Maria Nuova Cloister
Cathedral of Monreale