Norman treasures

The Cathedral of Monreale is a real gem of Sicily, overlooking the slopes of Mount Caputo, a few kilometers from Palermo.

This extraordinary Norman cathedral was founded in 1174. It attracts tourists from all over the world for its precious mosaics and the beautiful Cloister of the Benedictine Abbey.

Legend has it that the founder, Roger II, dreamed of discovering a treasure hidden under a carob tree at whose feet he had fallen asleep. In case the dream came true, he promised to build a temple in honor of the Saviour, and so the Cathedral was born.

The most extraordinary feature of this building is the incredible mosaic decoration that winds along the entire inner perimeter of the church, with the precious tiles are set in gold.

In the apse, stands out the representation of Christ Pantocrator, a complex figuration celebrating the triumph of Christianity.

The Benedictine Cloister, dating back to the time of William II, is another masterpiece of art and architecture.

A square portico, supported by 228 columns with oval arches. It is decorated with polychrome mosaic inlays, arabesques, reliefs and golden mosaics, offering a breathtaking spectacle.

The Cathedral of Monreale is a must for those visiting Sicily, an experience of beauty and history that will remain in the heart of anyone who ventures there.