Apses and transept
Cefalù Cathedral

The king’s mark

The interior of the spaces of the presbytery area and the transept correspond to the volume, as designed by Roger’s original project. he difference between this part of the building and the other, consisting of the naves , is the large triumphal arch , visible in its original height, on the transept side, and reduced by a sub-arch on nave side.
The transverse arm must have been the most emblematic place in the Cathedral: in this area, Roger II had the two sarcophagi made, now in Palermo Cathedral, which have left an imprint on the floor. The front of the transept leading into the apsidal spaces is characterised by the typical overlapping columns placed in angular niches .
At the backs of the two walls , which divide the three apses, on the eastern front of the transept, there is a sculptural group of the Annunciation , as well as, a fresco of Madonna Enthroned on the opposite side, evidence of the decorations inserted over time.
The space was originally tripartite due to the presence, in the median area, of marble barriers with mosaic inlays that delimited the choir area.

The decorated facade

A palimpsest of history

The cultural substrate through time

The chorus: beating heart of the cathedral

The chapel of san Castrense: an important renaissance work

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

Artistic elements in Peter’s ship

Roger II’s strategic design

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

The original design

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

The Kings’ Cathedrals

The liturgical spaces of the protesis and the diaconicon

Interior decorations

A controversial interpretation

Mosaic decoration

The senses tell Context 1

The Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene

Survey of the royal tombs

Beyond the harmony of proportions

Characteristics of religious architecture in the romanesque period

Cefalù: settlement evidence through time

A polysemy of high-level artistic forms and content

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

A space between the visible and the invisible

Layers of different cultures decorate the external apses

The towers and the western facade

Palermo: the happiest city

Ecclesia munita

The Cathedral over the centuries

The construction of Monreale Cathedral: between myth and history

The Great Restoration

The transformations of the hall through the centuries

Gardens and architecture as a backdrop to the city of Palermo

The cemetery of kings

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

Two initially similar towers, varied over time

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

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

The mosaics of the presbytery

The lost chapel

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

The mosaics of the apses

The towers facing the facade used as bell towers

A Northern population

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

The Great Presbytery: a unique space for the cathedral

The medieval city amidst monasticism and feudal aristocracy

The chystro: a place between earth and sky

The area of the Sanctuary

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

The king’s mark

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

A tree full of life

Roger II of hauteville: a sovereign protected by God

The balance between architecture and light

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

The Virgin Hodegetria

The dialogue between the architectures of the monumental complex

The rediscovered chapel

Worship services

The southern portico

The Bible carved in stone

The chapel of St. Benedict

The Chapel of the Kings

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

The Gualtiero Cathedral

Norman religious architecture with islamic influences in Sicily

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

A new Cathedral

The stone bible

Porphyry sarcophagi: royalty and power

Squaring the circle

A remarkable ceiling

A cloister of accentuated stylistic variety

Transformations over the centuries

The side aisles

Under the crosses of the Bema

A chapel by an unknown designer based on repeated symmetries

A mixture of styles pervades the floor decorations

The beginning of the construction site

From the Mosque to the Cathedral

The longest aisle