photo gallery

photo gallery

The architectural envelope: the Greek cross layout oriented towards the light

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

Transformations over the centuries

The mosaics of the naves

The side aisles

Gardens and architecture as a backdrop to the city of Palermo

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

The chorus: beating heart of the cathedral

The mosaics of the transept and the apses

The southern portico

The chapel of St. Benedict

The Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene

The Virgin Hodegetria

The chapel of san Castrense: an important renaissance work

The dialogue between the architectures of the monumental complex

A polysemy of high-level artistic forms and content

The Palace of Kings

Palermo: the happiest city

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

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

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

Two initially similar towers, varied over time

Saint Peter’s Chapel in the Royal Palace

The opus sectile floor of the Palatine Chapel

The Genoard Park, the garden of pleasures and wonders

The medieval city amidst monasticism and feudal aristocracy

The flooring: shapes, motifs and iconography

The senses tell the ceiling

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

From oblivion to the recovery of memory

The lost chapel

The stone bible

The mosaic cycle, an ascending path towards the light

The beautiful Zisa and its garden: solacium regi among sounds, colours and scents

Squaring the circle

Intertwining of knowledge in Norman Palermo

The senses tell the interior

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

The Kings’ Cathedrals

Roger II of hauteville: a sovereign protected by God

A remarkable ceiling

the Baroque interior

An architectural crescendo

The original design

The Cathedral over the centuries

Under the crosses of the Bema

The construction of Monreale Cathedral: between myth and history

The cemetery of kings

The Admiral’s dedication

A Northern population

The cultural substrate through time

Survey of the royal tombs

Norman religious architecture with islamic influences in Sicily

Ecclesia munita

The Royal Throne

Different styles and transformations of “one of the most beautiful monuments in the world”

Mosaic decoration

Layers of different cultures decorate the external apses

The longest aisle

Gold and light: the splendour of the mosaics in the Royal Chapel

The beginning of the construction site

From earthquake to collapse

The senses tell restorations

The senses tell Context 1

The senses tell the mosaic cycle

The birth of the Norman kingdom

Criteria for the inclusion of Palermo Arab-Norman and the Cefalù and Monreale Cathedrals in the WHL

The senses tell baroque decoration

Beyond the harmony of proportions

The return of water

The transformations of the hall through the centuries

The mosaics of the presbytery

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

A palimpsest of history

Porphyry sarcophagi: royalty and power

The loca solatiorum: dwellings for recreation, well-being and hunting

Roger II’s strategic design

The balance between architecture and light

A building constructed in a short space of time

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

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

The senses tell the historical context

The senses tell the historical context

The senses tell the external architecture and the original layout

The senses tell the historical context


From the Mosque to the Cathedral

The Great Presbytery: a unique space for the cathedral

The decorated facade

The interior of the church

The mosaics of the apses

The ancient convent of the Martorana, a history of devotion and tradition

The Norman conquest of Sicily and the birth of a new Latin kingdom

The towers and the western facade

The towers facing the facade used as bell towers

Shapes and colours of the wooden ceiling

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

The senses tell the architecture

The senses tell the flooring

The decorations on the bell tower

The senses tell the architecture and decorations

The senses tell the Zisa over the centuries

A tree full of life

Characteristics of religious architecture in the romanesque period

The liturgical spaces of the protesis and the diaconicon

The Great Restoration


The chystro: a place between earth and sky

The king’s mark

The Chapel of the Kings

The area of the Sanctuary

A mixture of styles pervades the floor decorations

A cloister of accentuated stylistic variety

Worship services

Cefalù: settlement evidence through time

A new Cathedral

The rediscovered palace

The Bible carved in stone

The architectural appearance and transformations over time

The Gualtiero Cathedral

The architectural space

A space between the visible and the invisible

Interior decorations

The Cassaro

Artistic elements in Peter’s ship

A controversial interpretation

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

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

The rediscovered chapel

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

A chapel by an unknown designer based on repeated symmetries

the roof of Paradise: one of the most representative works of medieval art

the Baroque exterior