Palermo Cathedral
The central body: the aisles

The side aisles

The wings to the side of the hall were originally covered with a wooden roof; in the early eighteenth century they were profoundly transformed with the enlargement of some chapels  and the creation of new rooms for the clergy.
The wooden roof was dismantled and the roof was rebuilt in the terraced style with brickwork vaults across the entire area of the chapels and the smaller aisles. With the subsequent works for the “ great restoration “, carried out at the end of the 17th century, due to the advancement of the buildings on the external façade and the disappearance of the windows, a series of small domes were built in the area around the aisles to provide light to the inside of the cathedral. The side aisles, arranged according to the medieval layout, were lit by a continuous row of mullioned windows, richly decorated on the outside with bichromatic inlaid embroidery , according to the traditional decoration style, also used for the other parts of the building, in particular the apses , which can also be found in Monreale Cathedral .

A controversial interpretation

Artistic elements in Peter’s ship

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

Mosaic decoration

The longest aisle

The cemetery of kings

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

The Bible carved in stone

The chystro: a place between earth and sky

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

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

Roger II’s strategic design

Under the crosses of the Bema

The towers facing the facade used as bell towers

The medieval city amidst monasticism and feudal aristocracy

The chorus: beating heart of the cathedral

Ecclesia munita

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

Survey of the royal tombs

The senses tell Context 1

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

The chapel of san Castrense: an important renaissance work

The king’s mark

Roger II of hauteville: a sovereign protected by God

The beginning of the construction site

Squaring the circle

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

Interior decorations

The original design

The cultural substrate through time

The rediscovered chapel

Worship services

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

The construction of Monreale Cathedral: between myth and history

The dialogue between the architectures of the monumental complex

The Gualtiero Cathedral

Norman religious architecture with islamic influences in Sicily

The stone bible

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

A space between the visible and the invisible

A remarkable ceiling

Two initially similar towers, varied over time

The Cathedral over the centuries

The side aisles

Characteristics of religious architecture in the romanesque period

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

A Northern population

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

A palimpsest of history

The balance between architecture and light

A tree full of life

The liturgical spaces of the protesis and the diaconicon

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

The mosaics of the presbytery

Layers of different cultures decorate the external apses

The Great Presbytery: a unique space for the cathedral

The southern portico

The chapel of St. Benedict

A polysemy of high-level artistic forms and content

The Great Restoration

Palermo: the happiest city

A chapel by an unknown designer based on repeated symmetries

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

The decorated facade

The Virgin Hodegetria

Transformations over the centuries

A mixture of styles pervades the floor decorations

The area of the Sanctuary

Beyond the harmony of proportions

The Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene

The towers and the western facade

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

A cloister of accentuated stylistic variety

The Chapel of the Kings

Gardens and architecture as a backdrop to the city of Palermo

The transformations of the hall through the centuries

From the Mosque to the Cathedral

The mosaics of the apses

Porphyry sarcophagi: royalty and power

Cefalù: settlement evidence through time

The Kings’ Cathedrals

The lost chapel

A new Cathedral