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San Giovanni Eremiti Church
Just south of the Palazzo dei Normanni, the San Giovanni degli Eremiti Church ( tel 091 651 50 19; Via dei Benedettini; admission: 9am-l pm & 3-7pm Mon-Sat, 9am-12.30pm Sun & public holidays), is Palermo's best-known example of the Norman-Arab architectural mix.
Built under Roger Il, it is topped by five red domes and set in a pretty, tree-filled garden with c10isters that offer temporary respite from the chaos outside. The bare interior of the now deconsecrated church features some badly deteriorated frescoes.