archiepiscopal throne

Inside the Cathedral, the archiepiscopal throne takes its place before the presbytery and near the pillar that delimits the transept crossing bay, opposite to the royal throne. The latter position was probably not the original one since the cathedra is usually placed in the centre of the apse. The archiepiscopal or episcopal throne was reserved for the bishop, who officiated at liturgical celebrations in this place. The 16th century arhciepiscopal throne is kept in one of the Monreale Diocesan Museum storerooms It is decorated with the coat of arms of Cardinal Ludovico II Torres who commissioned it, although it has now been dismantled.