photo gallery

photo gallery

From the Mosque to the Cathedral

The return of water

The mosaic cycle, an ascending path towards the light

The transformations of the hall through the centuries

The interior of the church

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

The decorations on the bell tower

The senses tell the historical context

Beyond the harmony of proportions

The chystro: a place between earth and sky

The senses tell Context 1

The architectural space

The rediscovered palace

The Cathedral over the centuries

The Virgin Hodegetria

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

The Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene

Interior decorations

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

The lost chapel

Mosaic decoration

Gardens and architecture as a backdrop to the city of Palermo

Transformations over the centuries

The king’s mark

Artistic elements in Peter’s ship

A mixture of styles pervades the floor decorations

Layers of different cultures decorate the external apses

The side aisles


The mosaics of the transept and the apses

Under the crosses of the Bema

The senses tell the mosaic cycle

The Cassaro

The chapel of san Castrense: an important renaissance work

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

The dialogue between the architectures of the monumental complex

Worship services

Norman religious architecture with islamic influences in Sicily

The longest aisle

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

The senses tell the architecture

Palermo: the happiest city

Survey of the royal tombs

The architectural appearance and transformations over time

A chapel by an unknown designer based on repeated symmetries

Squaring the circle

The area of the Sanctuary

A new Cathedral

Two initially similar towers, varied over time

The liturgical spaces of the protesis and the diaconicon

The stone bible

The chorus: beating heart of the cathedral

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

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

The construction of Monreale Cathedral: between myth and history

The rediscovered chapel

The Admiral’s dedication

The Kings’ Cathedrals

Shapes and colours of the wooden ceiling

A tree full of life

The Great Presbytery: a unique space for the cathedral

The Genoard Park, the garden of pleasures and wonders

The senses tell the historical context

The Bible carved in stone

A polysemy of high-level artistic forms and content

The senses tell baroque decoration

The original design

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

A Northern population

A controversial interpretation

The cemetery of kings

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

The Palace of Kings

the Baroque exterior

A cloister of accentuated stylistic variety

The Chapel of the Kings

The senses tell the historical context

The birth of the Norman kingdom

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

The beginning of the construction site

The southern portico

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

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

Intertwining of knowledge in Norman Palermo

An architectural crescendo

The senses tell the Zisa over the centuries

The opus sectile floor of the Palatine Chapel

The senses tell the interior

the Baroque interior

The chapel of St. Benedict

The cultural substrate through time

The mosaics of the presbytery

From earthquake to collapse

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

The Great Restoration

Roger II of hauteville: a sovereign protected by God

The senses tell the ceiling

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

The mosaics of the naves

The balance between architecture and light

Saint Peter’s Chapel in the Royal Palace

The senses tell the architecture and decorations

A remarkable ceiling

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

The towers and the western facade

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

The senses tell the flooring


The mosaics of the apses

Ecclesia munita

The senses tell restorations

Characteristics of religious architecture in the romanesque period

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

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

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

A palimpsest of history

The medieval city amidst monasticism and feudal aristocracy

The towers facing the facade used as bell towers

Porphyry sarcophagi: royalty and power

The flooring: shapes, motifs and iconography

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

The decorated facade

Cefalù: settlement evidence through time

Roger II’s strategic design

From oblivion to the recovery of memory

A space between the visible and the invisible

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

The senses tell the external architecture and the original layout

The Royal Throne

The Gualtiero Cathedral

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

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

A building constructed in a short space of time