The Norman heritage of Sicily: The Palatine Chapel, ... - Secret World

90134 Palermo PA, Italia

by Natasha King


The Norman heritage of Sicily is closely reflected in the stunning mosaics of The Palatine Chapel, and the Monreale Cathedral. The Palatine Chapel, dedicated to Saint Peter, is situated in the Royal Palace and was commissioned by Roger II in 1132 in the style of classic Byzantine architecture and thus presenting some of the most incredible mosaics found in Italy. A short drive out of the centre of Palermo will afford a visit to the Monreale Cathedral. Begun in 1174 by William II, the cathedral is a curious mix of Norman-French, Byzantine and Arab artistic styles, and boasts the largest concentration of Byzantine mosaics in Italy, a total of 6,500 metres square.