the baroque decoration
the church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio

the Baroque exterior

Despite the layering of styles, the external architectural features of the Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio still boast many distinctive elements, typical of Norman architecture , of Islamic origin, such as the articulation of the façade with niches with recessed, ogival arches , which give the masonry a vibrant rhythm. There is also an original frieze, with an inscription in Greek, commemorating the founder George of Antioch .
Today’s scenic façade, on the other hand, was designed in 1740 by  Nicolò Palma . The scenic backdrop now covers the original northern front of the former open portico.
It blends harmoniously into the overall composition of the façade, revealing its Baroque cultural matrix through the concave movement of the façade, which becomes an element of formal union between the volume of the dome and that of the bell tower.In the period between 1870-73, a major restoration campaign was launched, in accordance with the restoration culture of the time, directed by the architect Giuseppe Patricolo , to bring the old medieval portions back into view and remove the later Baroque parts. The foundations of the walls of the apse
and the narthex were also found at this time. Many of the medieval architectural finds from inside the building were placed in the southern courtyard where they can still be seen today.

The mosaics of the transept and the apses

The senses tell the Zisa over the centuries

The rediscovered palace

Intertwining of knowledge in Norman Palermo


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

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

The return of water

The senses tell the architecture and decorations

The interior of the church

An architectural crescendo

The Admiral’s dedication

The Genoard Park, the garden of pleasures and wonders

The flooring: shapes, motifs and iconography

A building constructed in a short space of time

The opus sectile floor of the Palatine Chapel

Saint Peter’s Chapel in the Royal Palace

The Palace of Kings

The birth of the Norman kingdom

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

The senses tell the interior

The senses tell the external architecture and the original layout

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

Shapes and colours of the wooden ceiling

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 senses tell the architecture

From oblivion to the recovery of memory

The senses tell restorations

The senses tell the mosaic cycle

The architectural space

the Baroque interior

The mosaics of the naves

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

The senses tell the historical context

The senses tell the ceiling


The senses tell the historical context

The architectural appearance and transformations over time

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

The Royal Throne

The senses tell baroque decoration

The senses tell the flooring

The mosaic cycle, an ascending path towards the light

From earthquake to collapse

The decorations on the bell tower

the Baroque exterior

The senses tell the historical context

The Cassaro