Monreale Cathedral - Table of Contents

Exterior - Cathedral
Monreale, Sicily

A suburb of Palermo

The cathedral of Monreale is the pinnacle of achievement of Arab-Norman art. It was founded in 1172 by William II (whose tomb is in the cathedral). A Benedictine monastery was built next to it.

The cathedral is famous for its interior with magnificent gold mosaics representing episodes from the Old Testament.

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Norman design behind the Baroque balustrade

Norman arches feature voussoirs

Renaissance arcade

Corinthian column

Photos and their arrangement © 2007 Chuck LaChiusa
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