the Zisa

The rediscovered palace

The clearance of all these rooms made it possible to restore the building to its original layout, also recognising their original use in relation to their position. Once the restoration of the structural part of the building’s exterior was completed, the other decorative parts of the building were restored over the following years until almost the end of 2000, with particular attention paid to the original stuccoes, found to be still intact in the muqarnas on the upper floors, which were fortunately preserved because they were hidden by the period false ceilings.At the end of the 1990s, a major construction project began in the Fountain Room , with the recovery of the baroque stuccoes and decorations, which were in a state of decay. The main focus was on the restoration of the mosaic surfaces and sculptural stone elements.

The senses tell the historical context

An architectural crescendo

The rediscovered palace

The mosaic cycle, an ascending path towards the light

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

The senses tell the historical context

From earthquake to collapse

A building constructed in a short space of time

the Baroque interior

The return of water

The senses tell the external architecture and the original layout

The decorations on the bell tower

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

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

Shapes and colours of the wooden ceiling

The senses tell the mosaic cycle

The mosaics of the transept and the apses

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

The Admiral’s dedication

Intertwining of knowledge in Norman Palermo

The flooring: shapes, motifs and iconography

The senses tell restorations

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

The mosaics of the naves

The senses tell the architecture and decorations

The interior of the church

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

the Baroque exterior

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

Saint Peter’s Chapel in the Royal Palace

The senses tell the Zisa over the centuries

The senses tell the historical context


The senses tell the ceiling

The birth of the Norman kingdom

The Palace of Kings


The senses tell the flooring

The architectural appearance and transformations over time

The senses tell the interior

The Royal Throne

The Genoard Park, the garden of pleasures and wonders

From oblivion to the recovery of memory

The senses tell baroque decoration

The Cassaro

The opus sectile floor of the Palatine Chapel

The architectural space

The senses tell the architecture

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