San Giovanni degli Eremiti, Palermo

San Giovanni degli Eremeti (St. John of the Hermits) is a 12th-century Norman church in Palermo, Sicily, with five, Arab-inspired red domes.


History of San Giovanni degli Eremiti

San Giovanni degli Eremeti was founded in 1132 and dedicated to St. John of the Hermits. Built on the grounds of a mosque, its architecture reflects Islamic traditions.

What to See at San Giovanni degli Eremiti

Located on the western edge of the Albergheria district, San Giovanni is characterized by bulbous red domes (similar to those at La Cataldo), corner arches, and filigreed windows.

Nearby is a late Norman cloister (part of the Benedictine monastery that once stood here), which centers on a Moorish cistern and cooling gardens of citrus blossoms and flowers.

Quick Facts on San Giovanni degli Eremiti

Site Information
Names:San Giovanni degli Eremiti
Dedication: St. John
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:38.109300° N, 13.354700° E
Address:Palermo, Italy
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