Palermo Cathedral
The central body: the aisles

A remarkable ceiling

The central hall and aisles were covered by wooden roofs with massive oak beams, lacquered and decorated with resplendent shades of silver, white, yellow and black. In the concave and blue border, there were inscriptions in Greek characters, according to historical records : “the roof is adorned with a distinguished and elegant chiselling, an admirable variety of painting, the colour saffron and ‘ultramarine’ and golds, radiating splendour everywhere; gilded wooden flowers hang from the roof, resembling an inverted pyramid”.
The roof of the central hall, supported by nineteen large trusses, was made “ fairing-like ”, similar to the shape of an upturned ship, with an evangelical reference to “ Peter's ship carrying the faithful ”. Above the beams of the “ chains , a wooden walkway was placed at the centre for the control and maintenance of the entire nave. The system, which is also found in the Cefalù Cathedral , is known as the “ Dromic roof “.

Norman religious architecture with islamic influences in Sicily

The Cathedral over the centuries

A polysemy of high-level artistic forms and content

The chapel of san Castrense: an important renaissance work

The Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene

Thirteenth-century iconography decorates the nave’s wooden ceiling, designed with new solutions

A compositional design that combines nordic examples with new artistic languages, over the centuries

The construction of Monreale Cathedral: between myth and history

The columns of the nave: the meticulous study of the overall order

Roger II’s strategic design

Roger II of hauteville: a sovereign protected by God

The chapel of the crucifix: an artistic casket based on a previous model

Porphyry sarcophagi: royalty and power

The senses tell Context 1

The towers facing the facade used as bell towers

Survey of the royal tombs

A Northern population

Transformations over the centuries

The stone bible

A new Cathedral

A space between the visible and the invisible

Ecclesia munita

The Chapel of the Kings

Under the crosses of the Bema

The marble portal: an intimate dialogue between complex ornamental aspects and formal structure

The Bible carved in stone

The chystro: a place between earth and sky

The dialogue between the architectures of the monumental complex

The paradisiacal “Conca d’oro” that embraces Palermo: a name with countless faces through time

The Cefalù cathedral: a construction yard undergoing a change between a surge of faith and control over the territory

The chorus: beating heart of the cathedral

The area of the Sanctuary

A tree full of life

The longest aisle

The Virgin Hodegetria

The side Portico: a combination of elegance and lightness of form

The links between the hauteville family and the monastic orders in Sicily

A remarkable ceiling

The transformations of the hall through the centuries

The rediscovered chapel

Beyond the harmony of proportions

A mixture of styles pervades the floor decorations

Gardens and architecture as a backdrop to the city of Palermo

The king’s mark

The plasticism of the main portico and Bonanno Pisano’s Monumental Bronze Door

Artistic elements in Peter’s ship

The cemetery of kings

Characteristics of religious architecture in the romanesque period

The lost chapel

The beginning of the construction site

From the main gate to the aisles: an invitation to a journey of faith

The balance between architecture and light

Mosaic decoration

The Great Restoration

The towers and the western facade

The Kings’ Cathedrals

Squaring the circle

The decorated facade

Cefalù: settlement evidence through time

The Great Presbytery: a unique space for the cathedral

A controversial interpretation

Worship services

A chapel by an unknown designer based on repeated symmetries

The side aisles

Layers of different cultures decorate the external apses

The original design

The architectural modifications ti the cathedral building after the death of Roger II and the transformations of the cloister

The southern portico

The medieval city amidst monasticism and feudal aristocracy

The mosaics of the presbytery

The chapel of St. Benedict

Interior decorations

The cultural substrate through time

Palermo: the happiest city

A cloister of accentuated stylistic variety

The mosaics of the apses

Tempus fugit: a strategic project implemented in a short period of time

A palimpsest of history

From the Mosque to the Cathedral

Two initially similar towers, varied over time

The liturgical spaces of the protesis and the diaconicon

The Gualtiero Cathedral

Biblical themes enlivened by the dazzling light of the stained – glass windows overlooking the naves