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 external architecture and the original layout

The mosaic cycle, an ascending path towards the light

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

The Cassaro

The senses tell the interior

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

From oblivion to the recovery of memory

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

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

The architectural space

The senses tell the architecture

The senses tell the historical context

the Baroque exterior

The flooring: shapes, motifs and iconography

The senses tell the flooring

The senses tell the historical context

A building constructed in a short space of time

The senses tell the Zisa over the centuries

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

The architectural appearance and transformations over time

An architectural crescendo

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

Saint Peter’s Chapel in the Royal Palace

The senses tell the ceiling

The mosaics of the transept and the apses

the Baroque interior

The Royal Throne

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

Intertwining of knowledge in Norman Palermo

The Admiral’s dedication

The mosaics of the naves

The senses tell the mosaic cycle

The senses tell the architecture and decorations


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

Shapes and colours of the wooden ceiling

The rediscovered palace

The interior of the church

The senses tell restorations

The opus sectile floor of the Palatine Chapel

The return of water

From earthquake to collapse

The decorations on the bell tower


The birth of the Norman kingdom

The Genoard Park, the garden of pleasures and wonders

The senses tell baroque decoration

The Palace of Kings

The senses tell the historical context