A Taste of Travel

The Cathedral of Monreale, sitting majestically on a hill overlooking Palermo is not to be missed.
Built in the 12th century, the cathedral and its cloister represent the largest concentration of Norman, Arab and Byzantine art in one building.

We arrive in Piazza Guglielmo where magnificent bronze doors adorn the front of the cathedral.
These bronze doors, made by Bonanno Pisano in 1186 are divided into 42 panels depicting scenes from the Bible.

Bronze doors at Monreale Cathedral

Two of the bronze panels on the doors at Monreale Cathedral

Walk past the entrance in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele to the street behind the Duomo, to see the intricate stone work on the outside of the apse.

Exterior view of Monreale Cathedral from Via Del Arcivescovado

Inside, the mosaics take your breath away.
The gold mosaics that form the background for the figures, shimmer in the light.

The central apse of the Monreale Cathedral

The most important figure is the mosaic of Christ located in the central apse over the alter.
The size of the mosaic is deceptive. The figure of Christ is actually…

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