photo gallery

photo gallery

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

The chapel of St. Benedict

the Baroque exterior

The return of water

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

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

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

The side aisles

The Bible carved in stone

From the Mosque to the Cathedral

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

The Palace of Kings

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

The senses tell the historical context

Under the crosses of the Bema

Squaring the circle

The Virgin Hodegetria

The towers facing the facade used as bell towers

The decorated facade

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

The king’s mark

The senses tell the architecture

The decorations on the bell tower

A space between the visible and the invisible

The dialogue between the architectures of the monumental complex

A cloister of accentuated stylistic variety

The mosaics of the naves

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

The construction of Monreale Cathedral: between myth and history

The architectural space

The senses tell the architecture and decorations

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

The mosaics of the presbytery


The senses tell the historical context

Survey of the royal tombs

The lost chapel

The stone bible

The southern portico

The senses tell the mosaic cycle

Palermo: the happiest city

The senses tell baroque decoration

The chorus: beating heart of the cathedral

The liturgical spaces of the protesis and the diaconicon

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

The rediscovered palace

The Kings’ Cathedrals

The beginning of the construction site

The area of the Sanctuary

The Gualtiero Cathedral

Cefalù: settlement evidence through time

A building constructed in a short space of time


Ecclesia munita

The cemetery of kings

A tree full of life

The mosaic cycle, an ascending path towards the light

The transformations of the hall through the centuries

The medieval city amidst monasticism and feudal aristocracy

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

The longest aisle

The towers and the western facade

The Royal Throne

A Northern population

An architectural crescendo

Norman religious architecture with islamic influences in Sicily

The chystro: a place between earth and sky

Transformations over the centuries

Two initially similar towers, varied over time

Characteristics of religious architecture in the romanesque period

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

the Baroque interior

A remarkable ceiling

The senses tell the flooring

The senses tell the interior

The architectural appearance and transformations over time

The flooring: shapes, motifs and iconography

The interior of the church

The Cathedral over the centuries

Porphyry sarcophagi: royalty and power

Mosaic decoration

Interior decorations

The senses tell Context 1

The Chapel of the Kings

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

The cultural substrate through time

The mosaics of the transept and the apses

From earthquake to collapse

The balance between architecture and light

A controversial interpretation

Roger II of hauteville: a sovereign protected by God

A palimpsest of history

From oblivion to the recovery of memory

Beyond the harmony of proportions

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

The senses tell the Zisa over the centuries

A chapel by an unknown designer based on repeated symmetries

The Great Presbytery: a unique space for the cathedral

Worship services

The Cassaro

The Great Restoration

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

The chapel of san Castrense: an important renaissance work

The original design

Shapes and colours of the wooden ceiling

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

The senses tell restorations

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

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

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

A new Cathedral

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

The Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene

The senses tell the ceiling

The senses tell the historical context

The opus sectile floor of the Palatine Chapel

Artistic elements in Peter’s ship

Layers of different cultures decorate the external apses

The birth of the Norman kingdom

The Genoard Park, the garden of pleasures and wonders

The senses tell the external architecture and the original layout

The rediscovered chapel

Saint Peter’s Chapel in the Royal Palace

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

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

Gardens and architecture as a backdrop to the city of Palermo

Roger II’s strategic design

The mosaics of the apses

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

The Admiral’s dedication

A mixture of styles pervades the floor decorations

A polysemy of high-level artistic forms and content

Intertwining of knowledge in Norman Palermo