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Zisa Castle

Palermo
Monuments

 

The site reopens to visitors on May 18 for the DL 52 of April 22, 2021

The Zisa, built in the XII century, was conceived during the Norman domination in Sicily.

Its foundation is owed to the kingdom of Guglielmo I, but concluded only under that one of Guglielmo II.

 The palace was built at the "Arab" way from Muslim workers, as happened with other royal residences. It was inspired by the models of the regal construction of northern Africa and Egypt, underlining the strong bonds that Sicily continued to have, in that period, with the Islamic cultural world of Mediterranean basin. 

The name Zisa is probably brought back by al-Azîz (that in Arabic language means splendid, noble, glorious, magnificent). 

The word (in nashi characters), found in the epigraphic band of the hallway of the building, denotes the characteristic of the Islamic use to characterize with an appellative the more important civil buildings.

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How to reach the site

By bus

from Palermo Central Rail Station bus n. 101 up to Piazza Politeama, then take bus n. 106 to Piazza Principe di Camporeale

 

By car 

from Palermo Central Rail Station go to Piazza Indipendenza, continue towards Via Dante to Piazza Principe di Camporeale, from there take via the Normans to the destination

 

By train

Station Orleans/Palazzo Reale and then 15/20 minutes by walk

 

Services and Accessibility

educational tours for individuals
bookshop

NEWS

The site reopens to visitors on May 18 for the DL 52 of April 22, 2021

 

Info and Reservation

+39 091 7489995 | palazzodellazisa@coopculture.it

Zisa Castle

Palermo

Coopculture

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Didactic tours

Individuals
  • From 8 June 2020, tickets can be purchased online, from the call center and at the ticket office

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Zisa Castle

Palermo

Coopculture

Hours

Open

09.00 - 19.00

from 1 July 2021
From Tuesday to Saturday
last admission half an hour before closing

09.00 - 13.30

from 1 July 2021
Sundays and holidays
last admission half an hour before closing

last admission half an hour before closing

Closed

Monday

 

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