Great overview and orientation of Palermo
It’s impossible not to visit Palermo. Once a regal capital where peoples very different from one another mingled their cultures. As a result creating a particularly original fusion. The Arab-Norman-Byzantine style of its finest buildings. Discover Palermo’s narrow streets and twisting alleys. Finally the oldest part of the city. Moreover the grandeur of the Teatro Massimo Opera House. The city vibrates in the clash between ancient and classic. On the other hand contemporary life.
What to Expect
Discover the culture of the capital and the beautiful sights. In addition to its architecture and the typical street markets. These are hidden in the old part of town. Soak up the atmosphere on a WALKING TOUR trough the old city center. We’ll visit the Highlights of the city. The Opera House and Pretoria Square. Certainly the Palatine Chapel and the Quattro Canti. Finally the Cathedral and a typical market.
The Duomo represents the apotheosis of Norman architecture in Sicily. The Cathedral boasts splendid mosaics from the 12th century. It is part of the World Heritage Arab Norman Period. Built under William II. as a result it rivals Saint Sophia in Istanbul. Secondly with Saint Mark’s in Venice in its use of decorative mosaics. It is Romanesque in overall style. The cathedral combines aspects of Arab, Byzantine and Norman architecture.
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The Monastery of Monreale was commissioned by William II (1154-89). The last Norman ruler of Sicily. It combines in one project also employment of both Sicilian and Byzantine craftsmen. he highlight of the Cathedral is certainly its interior. Incandescent with the gold of the mosaics. These cover the walls of the navel and aisles. Moreover transept and apse. As a result 81800 square feet in total.
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