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 .

Layers of different cultures decorate the external apses

The lost chapel

The towers facing the facade used as bell towers

Squaring the circle

Artistic elements in Peter’s ship

The Virgin Hodegetria

The medieval city amidst monasticism and feudal aristocracy

Under the crosses of the Bema

Worship services

The balance between architecture and light

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

The chorus: beating heart of the cathedral

The original design

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

The mosaics of the apses

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

The Gualtiero Cathedral

The area of the Sanctuary

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

The Cathedral over the centuries

The chystro: a place between earth and sky

The liturgical spaces of the protesis and the diaconicon

Interior decorations

Two initially similar towers, varied over time

A remarkable ceiling

A space between the visible and the invisible

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 transformations of the hall through the centuries

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

A palimpsest of history

Transformations over the centuries

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

A mixture of styles pervades the floor decorations

Roger II of hauteville: a sovereign protected by God

The southern portico

The king’s mark

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

A controversial interpretation

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

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

The mosaics of the presbytery

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

The rediscovered chapel

Palermo: the happiest city

The cultural substrate through time

The longest aisle

A polysemy of high-level artistic forms and content

Gardens and architecture as a backdrop to the city of Palermo

The Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene

From the Mosque to the Cathedral

Mosaic decoration

The cemetery of kings

The senses tell Context 1

The decorated facade

The towers and the western facade

Ecclesia munita

Beyond the harmony of proportions

Survey of the royal tombs

A cloister of accentuated stylistic variety

The chapel of St. Benedict

A Northern population

The chapel of san Castrense: an important renaissance work

The side aisles

The Kings’ Cathedrals

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

The construction of Monreale Cathedral: between myth and history

Cefalù: settlement evidence through time

The Chapel of the Kings

The Bible carved in stone

Porphyry sarcophagi: royalty and power

Characteristics of religious architecture in the romanesque period

The beginning of the construction site

The dialogue between the architectures of the monumental complex

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

A chapel by an unknown designer based on repeated symmetries

The stone bible

A new Cathedral

Roger II’s strategic design

Norman religious architecture with islamic influences in Sicily

The Great Restoration

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

A tree full of life