The Church of St Dominic is the second most important church in Palermo after the “Cathedral”:http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/otherholidays/sicily/day_three/three_two/index.html and contains the tombs of many important Sicilian politicians, painters and poets.
Although there has been a church and monastery here since the C13th, the present building is C16th, when the old building became too small. Like the Cathedral, the outside is more impressive than the inside with its double pillars and statues.
An arcade of round pillars flanks the nave with a series of small chapels, with memorials to the glorious and good, on either side.
A small doorway in the north wall leads through into the Cloisters. Although the church is free to enter, there is a small charge to enter the cloisters, collected by a young monk guarding the entrance. It was lunch time and he was more interested in eating his lunch and reading a book than taking money from potential visitors.