Posted by: danielfee | January 9, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 01-09-2012

Monreale – Palermo, Sicily

 

Monreale Cathedral – Palermo, Sicily

Monreale is a small town in the province of Palermo in Sicily. The Cathedral of Monreale is one of the best examples of Norman architecture in the world. It was begun by William II in 1174 and in 1182 the church was elevated to the rank of a metropolitan cathedral by Pope Lucius III.  The church is a national monument of Italy and one of the most important attractions of Sicily. The church’s plan is a mixture of Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic arrangement. The nave is like an Italian basilica, while the large triple-apsed choir is like one of the early triple-apsed churches, where many examples still exist in Syria and some Oriental countries. It is like two quite different churches put end to end.

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  1. Truly beautiful 🙂 Can’t wait to see it in person!

    • You will be amazed at all the gold they used in the church. Do you have a trip planned?


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