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 “.

The king’s mark

The Gualtiero Cathedral

Norman religious architecture with islamic influences in Sicily

The dialogue between the architectures of the monumental complex

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

Layers of different cultures decorate the external apses

The Bible carved in stone

The longest aisle

Porphyry sarcophagi: royalty and power

Artistic elements in Peter’s ship

The beginning of the construction site

Beyond the harmony of proportions

Cefalù: settlement evidence through time

The transformations of the hall through the centuries

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

Two initially similar towers, varied over time

A cloister of accentuated stylistic variety

The Chapel of the Kings

The cemetery of kings

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

A new Cathedral

The Cathedral over the centuries

The chorus: beating heart of the cathedral

A remarkable ceiling

The cultural substrate through time

Roger II’s strategic design

The construction of Monreale Cathedral: between myth and history

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

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

Worship services

Gardens and architecture as a backdrop to the city of Palermo

A mixture of styles pervades the floor decorations

The lost chapel

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

The mosaics of the presbytery

From the Mosque to the Cathedral

Mosaic decoration

The chapel of St. Benedict

A polysemy of high-level artistic forms and content

Interior decorations

The senses tell Context 1

A tree full of life

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

The chapel of san Castrense: an important renaissance work

A palimpsest of history

The Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene

Survey of the royal tombs

The Virgin Hodegetria

The rediscovered chapel

A controversial interpretation

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

The stone bible

The Kings’ Cathedrals

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

Characteristics of religious architecture in the romanesque period

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

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

The decorated facade

The liturgical spaces of the protesis and the diaconicon

Squaring the circle

The Great Presbytery: a unique space for the cathedral

Palermo: the happiest city

The southern portico

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

The area of the Sanctuary

The towers facing the facade used as bell towers

The Great Restoration

A Northern population

Ecclesia munita

A space between the visible and the invisible

The original design

A chapel by an unknown designer based on repeated symmetries

The balance between architecture and light

Transformations over the centuries

The chystro: a place between earth and sky

The side aisles

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

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

Roger II of hauteville: a sovereign protected by God

The medieval city amidst monasticism and feudal aristocracy

Under the crosses of the Bema

The mosaics of the apses

The towers and the western facade