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 southern portico

The chorus: beating heart of the cathedral

The balance between architecture and light

The Chapel of the Kings

The rediscovered chapel

A polysemy of high-level artistic forms and content

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

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

Layers of different cultures decorate the external apses

A mixture of styles pervades the floor decorations

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

The construction of Monreale Cathedral: between myth and history

Under the crosses of the Bema

The chapel of san Castrense: an important renaissance work

The chystro: a place between earth and sky

Gardens and architecture as a backdrop to the city of Palermo

The medieval city amidst monasticism and feudal aristocracy

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

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

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

The area of the Sanctuary

Squaring the circle

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

A palimpsest of history

Palermo: the happiest city

Worship services

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

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

The liturgical spaces of the protesis and the diaconicon

The stone bible

The mosaics of the presbytery

Interior decorations

The transformations of the hall through the centuries

The Virgin Hodegetria

Artistic elements in Peter’s ship

The cemetery of kings

Transformations over the centuries

The Kings’ Cathedrals

A Northern population

A controversial interpretation

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

The side aisles

Cefalù: settlement evidence through time

A chapel by an unknown designer based on repeated symmetries

Two initially similar towers, varied over time

A remarkable ceiling

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

From the Mosque to the Cathedral

The towers and the western facade

A space between the visible and the invisible

The original design

The Gualtiero Cathedral

The senses tell Context 1

The lost chapel

Mosaic decoration

Porphyry sarcophagi: royalty and power

The longest aisle

Roger II’s strategic design

The mosaics of the apses

Roger II of hauteville: a sovereign protected by God

Ecclesia munita

Beyond the harmony of proportions

The Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene

The Bible carved in stone

A new Cathedral

A cloister of accentuated stylistic variety

The Great Restoration

The decorated facade

The cultural substrate through time

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

The dialogue between the architectures of the monumental complex

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

The towers facing the facade used as bell towers

The beginning of the construction site

The Great Presbytery: a unique space for the cathedral

Characteristics of religious architecture in the romanesque period

The chapel of St. Benedict

A tree full of life

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

The king’s mark

Survey of the royal tombs

Norman religious architecture with islamic influences in Sicily

The Cathedral over the centuries